Mercedes-Benz is just one car in its "EQ" family of all-electric vehicles, but the company is redefining what the future of that line-up will look like with an all-new concept car released today at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 . The new concept, the Vision EQS, should, according to the German automaker, help to sketch the "exciting, futuristic design for EQ models from Mercedes-Benz".
First, let's get rid of performance specifications, because they are the simplest of the Vision EQS (although this is a car that probably never goes into production). Mercedes-Benz says it aims for a range of up to 700 kilometers (or 435 miles) from an (approximately) 100 kWh battery pack, with "more than 469 hp" on offer. The automaker says the concept could go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 4.5 seconds, which is fast, but certainly not fast record-setting.
One thing that is interesting about the Vision EQS from a strategic perspective is that Mercedes-Benz says the concept is designed around a "fully variable battery-electric drive platform" that is "scalable and usable based on different models". words, Mercedes-Benz teases the idea of developing a modular electric platform that can adapt to multiple models, just like Volkswagen is to do with its MEB architecture. This could theoretically help Mercedes-Benz save money and get more electric cars & # 39; s faster, and build some of those vehicles with larger battery systems than those on its first long-distance EV, the EQC, which is not really a ground-up EV.
But the Vision EQS is a concept car from a rich older car manufacturer, so let's take a look at the really fun ridiculous pieces, starting with the interior, which Mercedes-Benz says "takes its inspiration from the world of luxury yachts." The automaker likes the "Deep and open spatial architecture" in the car to that of the deck of a boat, which I can't really argue with based on the provided photos.
Mercedes-Benz says it has also "systematically developed the use of sustainable materials" in the Vision EQS, which is a breathtaking way to say that there is a lot of recycled plastic in this car. The interior is covered with a leather alternative that is made from recycled plastic bottles, while the roofing material is made from "high-quality textiles made by adding a quantity of recycled & # 39; ocean litter & # 39; plastic," that Mercedes-Benz says "takes the use of sustainable materials to a whole new level." (The plastic bottle material is contrasted in some places with a diamond pattern of rose gold colored highlights.)
Within the Vision EQS there are also "organically emerging displays and projection surfaces", of which Mercedes-Benz says it makes it possible "to experience (content) immersive digital content throughout the area." That sounds not far from what the automaker showed in the F015, a self-driving concept car from 2015, which is theoretically designed to make the passengers look like they are rolling through any outdoor environment. Unfortunately, Mercedes-Benz has not provided any images or additional information that explains what this part of the EQS experience means, so on balance it just sounds like you succession in 180 degrees while you lean back in the luxurious seats of the car, which sounds great.
That experience will undoubtedly feel luxurious, regardless of whether the faux leather feels sticky, because there is also more rose gold on the speaker covers, and there is a "fragrance bottle encased in a decorative container like a jewel." (This is an extra touch that unfortunately is not documented in the Mercedes-Benz press images.) These touches, Mercedes-Benz says, help "show excellent craftsmanship and round out the industry-leading interior of the Vision EQS."
Mercedes-Benz also uses the EQS as a platform to discuss the car manufacturer's ambitions to go further than switching to clean electric mobility by adopting a more wholesale CO2 neutral approach. Mercedes-Benz says it ultimately wants to buy battery cells that are CO2 neutral in their production, which he believes can be achieved by using energy generated from renewable energy sources “plus recycling and respect for human rights in the supply chain. "
Large companies, and especially car manufacturers, do not have the biggest track record when it comes to bringing the environment – or human lives – above profit, so this concept offers an opportunity to keep Mercedes-Benz to its word in the coming years. In that sense, the Vision EQS is really a glimpse of what's coming from & # 39; the world's oldest automaker.