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Superior aerodynamics to boost range of upcoming Merc EVs

Superior aerodynamics to boost range of upcoming Merc EVs
Santosh Nair Santosh Nair Thursday 18 August 2016, 15:33 PM

Mercedes-Benz’s expertise in aerodynamics can be seen in the drag coefficient of just 0.19 Cd in the Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile (IAA) concept. This car was showcased earlier at the Frankfurt Motor Show and has an extremely futuristic design. 

Merc’s IAA was able to accomplish such a feat thanks to an extendable body which can stretch out 15 inches as soon as the car crosses 80kmph. While it may never see the production line, Mercedes-Benz highlights the importance aerodynamics plays in attaining better efficiency. This also translates into a significant increase in the range of an electric car.

In the MB production ready fleet, it is the CLA 180 (drag coefficient of 0.22 Cd) that’s boasts the least drag coefficient. Reports rightly suggest that with the entry of MB’s promised set of EVs called ‘EQ’, the brand could definitely incorporate of lot of the IAA concept car’s tech. The reason is simple. All electric vehicle makers are only trying to do one thing; increase the ‘range’ in a single charge. And with MB’s current proficiency in aerodynamics, it can lend their upcoming electric cars with a slight boost in range, and this shouldn’t go unnoticed.  

With Mercedes-Benz’s first electric vehicle, under the EQ branding, slated for unveil at the Paris Motor Show, it should be the beginning of this technology being used for the better.

 

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