Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius explained why Mercedes-Benz used traditional exterior mirrors in its flagship EQS electric car instead of modern aerodynamic cameras. The words of the top manager are reported by Automotive News Europe.
At the moment, a number of manufacturers use special cameras in narrow housings on their electric models in order to increase aerodynamic performance, which, in turn, increases the power reserve of cars. The images from the cameras are displayed on the displays in the car. Such solutions, in particular, are used by Audi, Lexus, Honda and Hyundai.
Kallenius noted that this technology also has negative sides. According to him, the need to periodically look at a static screen can lead to motion sickness of the driver. In addition, the very operation of the cameras, their adjustment and the constant display of the image on the monitor require additional energy costs, which neutralize all the aerodynamic advantages.
Mercedes-Benz EQS, which the company calls an electric alternative to the flagship S-Class, debuted on Thursday, April 15. The Germans call the novelty the car with the best aerodynamic performance among serial cars – the drag coefficient is 0.20.
Previously, there were cars with lower rates, but they were released in very small editions. We are talking about the 2013 Volkswagen XL1 hybrid and the 1997 General Motors EV1 electric car, the coefficients of which are 0.189 and 0.195, respectively.
Mercedes-Benz EQS in basic modification is driven by a single 331 hp electric motor, which allows the car to accelerate from zero to 100 km / h in 6.2 seconds. In addition, a version with two engines with a total output of 524 horsepower will be available. Such a car accelerates to 100 km / h in 4.3 seconds. The electric units work together with a 400-volt 107.8 kWh battery, which allows you to travel up to 770 kilometers without recharging.
World sales of Mercedes-Benz EQS will begin in autumn 2021. It is assumed that the electric car in the basic version will cost at least $ 110 thousand.