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Merc’s EVs to use advanced aerodynamics to boost range

August 18, 2016, 03:26 PM IST by Santosh Nair
Merc’s EVs to use advanced aerodynamics to boost range

Not so long ago, Mercedes-Benz revealed the Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile (IAA) concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The car maker’s aerodynamics technology used in this car allows it to brag a drag coefficient of just 0.19 Cd.   

Designed like a set of wheels from the distant future, it was able to achieve such a drag coefficient due to the extendable body that stretches out about 15 inches once the car exceeds the speed of 80kmph. Though this car may not make it to production, MB underlines the significance aerodynamics hold to develop better efficiency and boost the range of an electric car. 

Currently, the only car that comes off the MB production line with the least drag coefficient is the CLA 180, with just 0.22 Cd. Sources add that this drag coefficient can be bettered if it receives touches from the same tech that goes into the IAA concept. Now, with the upcoming set of promised EVs, the ‘EQ’ sub brand from MB could borrow a lot of this technology. It matters a lot because everyone making electric vehicles today are trying to push the ‘range’ envelope. With efficient aerodynamic expertise already at their disposal, MB can give its upcoming EVs an enticing range which will definitely catch the market’s attention. 

The first of these EVs are staged to be showcased at the Paris Motor Show, so stay tuned for more on this in the months to come. 

 

 

 

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