Mercedes introduced futuristic cars made from recycled materials
Mercedes vehicle manufacturer has launched a new all -electric concept car, the EQXX, which the company claims can go 620 miles (998 Kilometers) on a single charge.
The futuristic luxury car is also made with a variety of innovative recycled and sustainable materials including mushroom fibers, ground cactus and rubbish such as food waste.
The company said the Mercedes network’s claims for the concept vehicle were based on computer simulation tests, not actual driving.
If the claims are accurate, the EQXX will be able to drive farther on a single charge than a Toyota Prius hybrid can move with a full tank of fuel, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates. The Prius can only handle 588 miles (946 km).
It’s nearly 644 miles (1036 km) that a diesel -powered Chevrolet Suburban can use a 28 -gallon fuel tank. It’s also far more advanced than other electric cars currently available in the United States, according to the EPA .
Mercedes plans to show off the car range in an actual driving test this spring.
Mercedes intends for half of its sales to be electric cars by 2025 and by 2030, for the brand is almost “ready to use all electricity.”
Mercedes refers to the EQXX as a “technological blueprint for series production.”
According to Mercedes Daimler’s parent company chief technology officer Markus Schäfer, Mercedes plans to put cars with EQXX batteries and electric motor technology, as well as several other features of the car into production by 2024.
The EQXX reaches an incredible range with a half -large battery pack and 30 percent lighter than the one in the German carmaker’s Mercedes EQS which is a fully electric sedan.
At 620 miles, or 1,000 kilometers, the EQXX will provide about 133 miles more driving distance for a fee than the EQS based on European distance estimates for the car.
The EQXX gained more of that mileage largely through efficiency, according to Mercedes.
Mercedes claims the EQXX can travel more than 6 miles per kilowatt hour of electricity. That’s nearly three times farther per kilowatt hour than the Tesla Model S Long Range, according to U.S. EPA estimates.
To achieve that level of efficiency, Mercedes designers focused on aerodynamics.
The EQXX has a drag coefficient of just 0.17, which is seen to be more aerodynamic than a properly thrown football.
It’s also more aerodynamic than today’s Mercedes EQS which, while still highly aerodynamic, has a drag coefficient of 0.20. The Porsche 911 Turbo has a drag coefficient of 0.33, according to Porsche.
The car is also designed to be very lightweight, according to Mercedes. In addition to the relatively lightweight battery pack, it has wheels made of magnesium, and aluminum brakes.
The spring in the EQXX is made of fiberglass -reinforced plastic instead of metal.
The EQXX body includes a web -like ‘subframe’ designed to have metal only where it is actually needed to strengthen structural integrity and security.
The empty space in the frame is filled with a material called UBQ, created by an Israeli startup company.
UBQs are made from landfill waste that can include such things as mixed plastics, cardboard, garden waste and even diapers, according to Mercedes-Benz.
Solar panels on the roof supply additional energy for things like air conditioning, lighting and car touch screen systems that reduce the demand for battery power.
In addition to the UBQ filler material in the body, the EQXX also uses sustainable materials in other parts of the car.
A skin -like material made of mycelium, an underground structure like mushroom roots, is used in seat cushions.
Another skin substitute, made from crushed cactus, is used elsewhere in the interior. The rugs are made entirely of bamboo fiber, according to Mercedes.
Mercedes engineers and designers have also tried to give the car’s voice control system more personality with a more emotionally expressive life -like voice.
The system is represented by a human-shaped avatar made up of small stars.