The small frontal area and teardrop cabin are expected; a retractable rear diffuser is something new (it deploys automatically at speed). Other factors in the car’s aero are a rear track 50mm narrower than the front, and 20-inch aerodynamically optimised magnesium wheels shod with ultra-low-rolling-resistance tyres. To save a few grams, brake discs are made from aluminium.
With all that battery power and a shape that bothers the airflow so little, the EQXX is credited with a range of 1,000km, or 620 miles, usefully up on the 422 miles that Mercedes says the EQS has achieved in real-world conditions.
Lightweight, sustainable materials and design simplicity dictate the interior aesthetic – that and a whopping one-piece LED display which at 47.5 inches is as wide as the cabin. Mercedes says it’s a voice-controlled portal to more or less anything you want that promises to be up to 10 times more energy-efficient than systems today. That is thanks to a new form of information processing called neuromorphic computing. Apparently, it spikes your neural networks. You have been warned…
“The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX is how we imagine the future of electric cars,” Mercedes chairman Ola Källenius says. “It underlines where our entire company is headed.”
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