It is not yet known whether the innovative Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX electric car will reach the conveyor or will remain a concept. However, the German automaker has confirmed that it will enter the market with its own solar panel technology.
RBC-Ukraine Auto reports this with a link to CarScoops.
Speaking during the presentation of the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept, Mercedes-Benz CTO Markus Schafer said that owners of future electric vehicles from this brand will be able to order solar roofs, which will help expand the range of products on offer.
The company claims that the solar panels integrated into the roof will increase the cruising range to 25 kilometers per day. The proprietary technology is also unique in that the energy drawn from the sun from the cells is accumulated in a separate lithium-iron-phosphate battery, which provides power for the climate and ventilation systems, the infotainment complex, lighting and other auxiliary systems. This reduces the load on the high-voltage traction battery and increases the cruising range on a single charge.
“This way customers will have a choice in the future: glass or solar roofs, which are extremely attractive from an aesthetic point of view and also provide additional energy to the battery,” Schafer said to Autoblog. “We work with German scientific Fraunhofer Research Institute, which has developed a very efficient solar roof that we will start installing on production vehicles, probably from 2024.
Note that there are already several cars on the market with solar roofs of the European standard – for example, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Hyundai Ioniq 5.
We also advise you to watch the test drive Hyundai Ioniq 5 2021 from the FineAuto team: