Mercedes is going all out on electric vehicles. The company recently announced that it will stop developing chassis dedicated to internal combustion engines by the year 2025, and after having recently driven the 2022 EQS electric flagship, we get why. The new Merc sets the standard for the luxury EV segment (as you probably expected). Even so, the three-pointed star doesn’t seem to think that’s enough.
Mercedes teased an upcoming concept in a recent presentation, which it’s calling the EQXX. While we have little in the way of hard details, we do know the automaker noted that part of the goal of the EQXX is to get more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of driving range out of a compact car-sized battery pack—or one that stores around 70 kWh worth of energy.
The soon-to-be-released EQS packs a 108-kWh battery, which can push the car 478 miles on a full charge on the rather liberal European WLTP cycle test. Expect that range to fall once the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) puts the EQS through its testing procedure, which often yields a more conservative (albeit, often more realistic) driving range.
Mercedes is also targeting single-digit “kWh per 100 km” consumption with the EQXX concept. In other words, the EQXX ought to be exceptionally efficient. The German brand plans on doing this by leveraging what it’s learned from its Formula 1 racing program.
Mercedes sinks millions of dollars each year into its works F1 program. Besides trophies, that money also yields technological breakthroughs that have the potential to enter the company’s road cars. Look for Mercedes to pull the wraps off of the EQXX concept sometime in 2022.
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