Mercedes-Benz to offer solar roofs on EVs starting in 2024

We get a sneak peek of what’s to come in the Vision EQXX

Affixing photovoltaic panels to cars seems like a wonderful concept up until you look at the tangible benefits they can supply. For most applications, even on a preferably sunny day, the gains in electric array are minimal– we’re chatting miles in the reduced solitary digits. However, Mercedes-Benz relies on photovoltaic panels, as well as will begin using them on manufacturing EVs in 2024.

This news comes from a media conference call where Markus Schäfer, Mercedes-Benz CTO, was speaking about the brand-new Vision EQXX.

“So, clients most likely will have the selection in the future to go with full glass roofs undisturbed, or solar roofings, which are very aesthetically attractive, however likewise the benefit of putting additional energy into the battery,” Schäfer says.

If we take a look at Mercedes’ execution of a solar roof covering in the Vision EQXX, the advantages look rather helpful. Throughout a solitary day in optimal conditions, Mercedes suggests the Vision EQXX’s photovoltaic panels will certainly amount to 15.5 miles of range on long-distance trips. For contrast’s sake, the Euro-spec Ioniq 5’s solar roofing is asserted to add a little over 3 miles each day, and also the Sonata Crossbreed’s solar roof covering includes about 2 miles of electric driving power per day.

“We deal with the German research study institute of Fraunhofer … who co-developed with us, photovoltaic panels, a very extremely efficient solar panel roofing which we’re placing in our vehicles, and that’s the suggestion with series vehicles in the future, possibly beginning 2024 with a raising variety of solar roofs in Mercedes-Benz automobiles,” Schäfer says.

Mercedes’ concept for utilizing photovoltaic panels on the roof isn’t precisely what you assume it may be off the bat, also. Rather than feeding the power straight right into the huge lithium-ion battery pack, power from the 117 solar cells on Vision EQXX’s roof is fed to and also saved in a different lithium-iron-phosphate battery. This battery products power to the environment blower, lights, infotainment system and also other ancillaries. By utilizing this separate battery to power those systems, you minimize the strain on the high-voltage system, therefore raising array. That claimed, Mercedes states it’s additionally establishing a solar power system that is capable of feeding the high-voltage system.

Just how much range a manufacturing Mercedes EV may be with the ability of acquiring from the sun is still unknown, yet we think the last number will be less than the 15.5 miles of the VIsion EQXX. Besides, not every brand-new Mercedes-Benz EV will certainly have a 0.17 Cd.

And also due to the fact that this is a Mercedes-Benz, Schäfer pointed out several times that the solar roofing systems themselves would certainly be pleasing to the eye. We’ll be really interested to see what the production roofing systems look like as well as what they supply from a range perspective.