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Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept, 2016 Paris auto show

Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept, 2016 Paris auto show

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It’s not just the technology of Mercedes’ next-generation electric cars being previewed here. So is the exterior and interior concepts. For the exterior, Mercedes design boss Gorden Wagener says the goal was to combine the elegant lines of typical Mercedes design with a distinctive, modern look that suggests electric power. Wagener referred to this as an “electro-look.”

This was done by streamlining the body—you’ll notice there’s no grille, side mirrors or door handles—and adding numerous LED detailing. Meanwhile, an intentionally reduced side view, broad shoulders and large 21-inch wheels give a dynamic look.

Inside, the designers wanted a driver-oriented cockpit with simple, touch-based controls with the same electro-look as the exterior. Dominating the dash is a floating wide-screen display that provides vital driving information as well as serving as the main hub for the infotainment system. The rest of the cabin resembles a classy lounge and includes additional screens to keep occupants entertained.

It goes without saying that the Generation EQ concept also features the latest driving aids from Mercedes, which rely on highly accurate maps from HERE. For example, the systems know such things as the precise position and radius of a roundabout. Mercedes’ upcoming electric cars won’t be able to drive completely on their own but in some situations should have self-driving capability, such as on the highway or in heavy traffic.

Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept, 2016 Paris auto show

Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept, 2016 Paris auto show

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The Generation EQ has the ability to display the highly accurate maps.This makes it possible, for example when searching for points of interest, for restaurants, shopping opportunities and tourist attractions to be especially highlighted. So that the driver isn’t overloaded, only those buildings and information that are relevant for navigation are displayed.

The concept also integrates vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) technology. The latter is particularly important as it is helpful for the driver to be informed about nearby recharging opportunities. As soon as the vehicle determines that the destination cannot be reached on the available battery charge, it advises the driver of appropriate options on the navigation map.

Germany’s automakers are rushing to launch new electric cars due to the improvements made to battery technology in recent years as well as more generous incentive programs, particularly in China. The Volkswagen Group wants 30 electric cars in its lineup by 2025. Many of these will be Audis, with the brand with the four rings targeting as much as 25 percent of its sales to be electric cars by that date.

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