- Mercedes-Benz has this week revealed the VISION EQXX concept car, the outcome of Mercedes’ ongoing programme to deliver a blueprint for the future of automotive engineering. Many of its features and developments are already being integrated into production, including the next generation of the MMA – the Mercedes-Benz Modular Architecture for compact and medium-sized cars.
The EQXX uses a 100kWh battery with a footprint that is 50% smaller and 30% lighter than the 107kWh pack used in the Mercedes EQS. Based on internal digital simulations in real-life traffic conditions, it is said to be capable of exceeding 1000 kilometres (621 miles) on a single charge, with an energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometres (efficiency of more than 6 miles per kWh), double that of the EQS.
“The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX is how we imagine the future of electric cars. Just one-and-a-half years ago, we started this project leading to the most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever built – with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometres. It has a range of more than 1,000 kilometres on a single charge using a battery that would fit even into a compact vehicle. The VISION EQXX is an advanced car in so many dimensions – and it even looks stunning and futuristic. With that, it underlines where our entire company is headed: We will build the world’s most desirable electric cars.” Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG.
The new battery technology from Mercedes-Benz is set to feature in production models by 2024 and will play a significant role in the brands ambition to become all-electric by 2030.
- BMW revealed the BMW iX M60 this week, the most recent and most powerful model variant of its new technology flagship.
Presented for the first time on the occasion of CES 2022, the iX M60 is the first performance car from BMW developed from the outset for all-electric mobility. With its joint system output of 455 kW/619 PS from two electric motors, a maximum torque of 1,100 Nm, its electric all-wheel drive and its M specific chassis tuning, the BMW iX M60 offers top performance and emission-free mobility with a range of up to 357 miles (WLTP).
The BMW iX M60 will be manufactured together with the other model variants at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, Germany and the global market launch will begin in summer 2022.