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Mercedes turns to F1 team to halve size of battery in latest electric vehicle

In the round-up: Mercedes has presented a new electric vehicle concept which its Formula 1 team contributed towards.

In brief

Mercedes says it drew on the expertise of its F1 team to produce its latest roadgoing electric vehicle design with a claimed range of over 1,000 kilometres on a single charge.

Its Grand Prix and High Performance Powertrains divisions were consulted on the creation of the Vision EQXX, a four-seater concept car, which claims to draw less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometres. According to Mercedes its battery pack has 50% less volume and is 30% lighter than the equivalent in the EQS, which it launched last year.

“Vision EQXX has seen the best minds from our R&D centres work together with engineers from our Formula 1 and Formula E programmes,” said Daimler management board member Markus Schäfer. “They are proving that innovations from motorsport – where powertrains are already highly electrified – have immediate relevance for road car development.”


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