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Mercedes reveals electric car made of mushroom fibers

Picture of the Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

Story at a glance

  • During the Consumer Electronics Show, Mercedes-Benz revealed its concept electric car Vision EQXX.
  • The car can drive more than 620 miles on a single charge.
  • The Vision EQXX uses solar panels, sustainable materials for its interior and a lightweight battery.

Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz revealed a highly anticipated concept of its Vision EQXX, an electric car that’s capable of going more than 620 miles on a single charge.

Mercedes unveiled the Vision EQXX virtually during the Consumer Electronics Show happening in Las Vegas. The concept car is solar powered and can drive more than 620 miles on a single charge, which is equivalent to driving from New York City to Cincinnati or from Berlin to Paris.

Mercedes claims that based on the Vision EQXX’s battery, a driver in the U.S. would only have to fully recharge the car twice per month.

Though the Vision EQXX doesn’t have any concrete production plans for now, it’s expected to compete with other electric cars in the luxury car space like Porsche’s Taycan and Audi’s e-tron GT.


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Mercedes says that the Vision EQXX is, “the most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever built.” That includes from the materials the car is made of, with the interior of the car using mushroom fibers, cactus-based biomaterial and 100 percent bamboo fiber.

“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,” said Ola Källenius, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and Mercedes Benz AG.

The electric concept car also incorporates 3D printing, with Mercedes partnering with startups that use digital tools to lower the weight of the car and reduce waste by removing excess material assisted by 3D printing.

The battery of Vision EQXX was also built to hold almost 100 kWh of energy but has 50 percent less volume. The car’s solar panels also feed the battery system for up to 25 km of extra range.

To top things off, Mercedes also included a 47.5-inch screen that stretches the entire width of the Vision EQXX. It uses a Hyperscreen infotainment display that features 8K resolution that allows for seamless zooming and scrolling.


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