Mercedes reveals Vision EQS concept for its future vehicle fleets

On the occasion of the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2019, Mercedes-Benz has presented its new Vision EQS concept for future vehicle fleets of the manufacturer. Within the next 20 years, the Group wants to set up an entirely carbon-neutral fleet of new cars.

It is a dramatically styled sedan whose groundbreaking Digital Light headlamps are an integral part of its networked safety systems.

Vision EQS with sports car drive:

The Vision EQS relies on a battery-powered four-wheel drive. With more than 350 kW (469 horsepower) of power and a torque of around 760 Nm, the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS is expected to accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in less than 4.5 seconds with maximum speed limited to 200 km/h. It has a comfortable operating range of up to 700 kilometers (435 miles) according to WLTP.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS is expected to accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in less than 4.5 seconds.
Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS is expected to accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in less than 4.5 seconds. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

The car comes with roughly 100 kilowatt-hours of batteries packaged underfloor, and electric motors at both axles that allow it to vary all-wheel-drive power between front or rear wheels. At 350-kilowatt ultra-fast charging system, it could theoretically be charged up to 80% in just 20 minutes or less. Corresponding charging stations, however, still have to be created.

And while the car is driver-focused, the company claims to have level 3 driving autonomy – which, again, means very little in the context of a concept car. But it doesn’t seem unattainable given the current level of progress in autonomous cars.

Maple wood trim combines with sustainable materials, including microfiber made from recycled PET bottles.
Maple wood trim combines with sustainable materials, including microfiber made from recycled PET bottles. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

The structure of the vehicle is based on a mixture of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber. In the choice of materials, the German automaker also wants to put special emphasis on the use of recycled materials, such as marine waste or PET bottles. Leather-look is no longer produced by real materials, but by artificially created imitations.

Lots of light, little shadow due to reduced lines:

Light plays a significant role in the Vision EQS. Here, Mercedes has opted for rotating white-light LEDs for outdoor lighting, which convey the visual impression of free-floating points of light at up to 2,000 revolutions per minute. This underlines the futuristic look of the show car in a special way. To what extent this concept can ultimately hold in a production vehicle, remains to be seen.

There are the large 24” multi-spoke wheels present in the car. Not forgetting to also highlight the new “Digital Light” headlights, each with Four modules of holographic lenses. Each lens contains more than 1 million micromirrors, which allows individual control over each point of light.

In the interior, Mercedes relies on a continuous, touch-based projection screen as a dashboard, which allows new types of presentation of infotainment content.

Besides, the onboard cameras and radar detect vehicles, people, or objects on the road, and combine that data with digital navigation maps. You can visit the Mercedes-Benz’ official website for more details.

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