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EQXX “One-time charge 1200km”

Not long ago, we thought a 300 mile (480km) ride on a single charge was a pretty good ride. Since then, however, Lucid Air has become the world’s longest-distance electric car with a mileage of 520 miles (837 kilometers), breaking common sense. But I don’t think the record will last long either.

Mercedes-Benz’s electric car drove as much as 1,202 kilometers in May. Of course, it’s the distance from the R&D project. However, it is 500km apart from Lucid Air. It is a remarkable figure that is more than the one-time charge between Seoul and Busan (480km).

The IEEE Spectrum introduces that this amazing vision EQXX’s powertrain (power transmission system) will come out two years later in 2024. We followed the secret of the “Vision EQXX,” a one-time rechargeable 1202-kilometer-driving electric vehicle realized by Mescedes’ technical team, which consists of detailed and trivial parts such as batteries, solar panels, advanced design, and energy saving technologies.

Preparation for a single charge 1202 km drive

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The new Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX model ran 1,202 kilometers from Germany to the U.K. on a single charge, even with a solar panel. (Photo = Mercedes-Benz)
The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX, which traveled 1202 kilometers, already completed a 621-mile (1,000 kilometers) journey through the Alps from the Sindelfingen plant in Mercedes to Cote d’Azur in Cassis, France, in April.

In late May, the same technology was applied when Benz car beat the world by running 747 miles (1,202 kilometers) from Germany to Silverstone’s Formula One Circuit in the UK.K. This was not the common long-distance driving project of engineering.

The EQXX is a familiar small Mercedes luxury sedan developed in just 18 months, even though it is a suitable power, futuristic teardrop shape, and next-generation technology. This includes displays and human-machine interfaces that appear in dramatic sci-fi across the entire dashboard.

Mercedes-Benz promises that EQXX’s powertrain will be in the exhibition hall by 2024 to emphasize that it will actually be released. Early electric models will be created on the company’s new Mercedes module architecture platform, designed for small ‘entry luxury’ models such as A-Class and CLA Coupe.

“Automobiles are R&D projects, but we’re putting them into developing next-generation small car platforms,” says Conrad Zagert, an engineer at Mercedes who is developing electric drive systems.

Formula E Team Drivers Participation

Mercedes-Benz technology team used experts from Mercedes-EQ Formula E team to draw electric racing experience. EQXX includes displays and human-machine interfaces that span the entire dashboard, as shown in the Minority Report. Mercedes-Benz did not disclose this part. (Photo = Mercedes-Benz).
The Mercedes-Benz technology team included experts from the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team to draw on the electric racing experience.

Developed in just 18 months, the rear drive vision EQXX is powered by its own single radial flux electric motor, powered by a battery pack with less than 100 kWh of available energy.

Inside the vehicle, eco-friendly materials such as trim panels from cactus, mushroom-based seat inserts, and lint floor mats made of bamboo fibers were used.

One thing that won’t reach production by 2024 is the EQXX’s high silicon battery anode. Engineer Zagert says it takes about four years to be displayed in the exhibition hall. These silicon-rich cathodes can squeeze more mileage out of batteries and are widely expected to become popular in the next decade.