Daimler’s concept car uses bio-based materials and the roof uses solar technology

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Daimler released detailed information on concept electric vehicles using solar technology and bio-based materials. The German auto giant said that it can travel more than 1,000 kilometers (approximately 621 miles) on a single charge.

Vision EQXX has 117 roof-based solar cells-their idea is that they can help increase the car’s range-and the vehicle’s interior uses materials including a leather substitute called Mylo.

Mylo is produced using mycelium, which Daimler describes as “the underground root structure of mushrooms.”

“It is a certified bio-based material, which means it is mainly made of renewable ingredients found in nature,” Daimler said. Other materials used in cars include a “cactus-based biomaterial” called Deserttex and carpets made from bamboo fibers.

In a statement issued on Monday, Daimler’s chief technology officer responsible for development and procurement, Markus Schafer, stated that the technical plan behind the concept car will “define and implement future Mercedes-Benz models and functions.”

Schafer previously announced details of the vehicle’s mileage in a LinkedIn post at the end of last year. On Monday, Daimler stated that the mileage data were “preliminary, based on digital simulations under real traffic conditions.”

If electric vehicles can drive more than 621 miles on a single charge in the real world, this will help eliminate people’s worries about mileage. The term refers to the idea that electric cars cannot travel long distances without losing power and getting into trouble.

With the development of technology, the scope of electric vehicles began to expand. Tesla stated that its Model S Plaid has an estimated range of 396 miles, while Lucid stated that the Lucid Air Dream Edition Range has an “official EPA rating of 520 miles of range.”

Read more about electric vehicles from CNBC Pro

Vision EQXX represents the latest example of how car companies use different materials in their vehicles.

In September, Volvo Cars announced that by 2030, it hopes that all models it sells will be leather-free. The Swedish company also stated that it hopes that a quarter of the materials used in its new cars will be “consisting of recycled and bio-based ingredients.” 2025.

In 2019, Elon Musk’s Tesla stated that the interior of its Model 3 was “100% leather-free.” Elsewhere, the Volkswagen Group’s Porsche brand offers customers a leather-free option with an all-electric Taycan interior.

Guarantee supply

In the CNBC’s Annette Weisbach interview that aired on Tuesday, Daimler’s Schafer tried to map how the supply chain will change in the coming years as technology develops.

“If you look at this car here [the Vision EQXX], What does the new car need? It needs software, a chip, and a battery. “

“And many of these items are new items… They were not needed in the past, so the purchasing team and the logistics team need a new focus,” he said.

“So we are entering the supply chain more than in the past, looking for raw materials [the] Batteries, look at semiconductors, where are they produced. “

He was also asked whether Europe should take more measures to produce and protect the goods and semiconductors needed by the automotive industry and other industries.

“Yes, I believe Europe should definitely do this,” he said. “Now that we are very dependent on the rest of the world, we should…change this situation.”

“So we need to focus our investment in Europe on semiconductor production, and we need to pay attention to battery raw materials.”


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