The automaker’s EQXX EV concept is claimed to travel up to 1,000 kilometres (about 620 miles) on a full charge. That would be more than sufficient to dispel any concerns about being stranded in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery. Aiding the cause is the highly aerodynamic body and a lighter overall structure that helps keep the weight well below 4,000 pounds. The car’s solar-panel array provides power for the lights plus the climate control and infotainment systems so as to preserve battery power for propulsion. The EQXX’s motor is rated at 204 horsepower, which is modest by most EV standards, but no doubt contributes to the car’s range. Although the EQXX is not likely headed for production, many of its features could end up in future Mercedes-Benz models.

The Mercedes-Benz EQXX concept uses weight savings and solar-power generation to boost battery range to 1,000 kilometers (about 620 miles). PHOTO: MERCEDES-BENZ

Mercedes-Benz fights EV range anxiety: