Mercedes EQS and EQE: Purification is a new luxury
The definition of automotive luxury is changing with the zeitgeist: until recently, the upper leather seemed to be the last in interior design, but now sustainability is the order of the day. yes reading Mercedes Vision EQXX considers this fact with new UBQ material, which is obtained from unprocessed household waste such as food scraps, mixed plastics, cardboard and baby diapers.
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Mercedes uses a plastic substitute in the EQS and EQE series closely related to the manufacture of cable ducts. However, the possible use of new material is far from over. Swabian car manufacturer engineers are currently experimenting with the possibility of using UBQ in the production of bottom panels, wheel panels and engine compartment covers.
Sustainability as the basis for development
The manufacturer of the Swabian car therefore takes important steps towards recycling. Because these waste is usually burned or ends up in a dust bin. “Sustainability is at the heart of all research and development activities at Mercedes-Benz. Our goal is to be the technological leader in environmental engineering by achieving more and less,” explains Chief Development Markus Schäfer.
The sustainability column runs through all areas of the vehicle. Material with a large proportion of processed material is used in the interior, and leather is extracted and processed. This starts with animal husbandry and ends with an environmentally friendly skin care, in which vegetables or only sustainable alternatives that do not contain chromium are used. These include dried coffee shells, chestnuts or extracts from recyclable raw materials.
An alternative to leather made from plant fibers
In the future, the interior of Mercedes will not have natural leather: in the study of the concept of Vision EQXX, alternative leather made of recyclable raw materials such as powdered cactus fibers are already in use. Research is already developing new foundations and using biotechnology: In the laboratory, the mycelia fungus grows and becomes a skin substitute.
Chemical recycling also plays an important role, where old tires and plastic waste that are hard to grind are divided into their chemical components to produce new material. The combination of raw materials from recycling chemicals and recyclable biomethane raw materials reduces the use of fossil fuels.
Mercedes wants no CO2-neutral by 2039
The main goal of the Swabian car manufacturer is to have a group of new passenger cars and vans that do not have CO2 in the whole value cycle and life cycle on the road as early as 2039 – eleven years earlier than required by EU law.
That is why Mercedes is already reducing carbon emissions during automotive production and wants to use steel in various car models from 2025, which are almost completely CO2-free from production with hydrogen instead of coal. To ensure that this project works, Swazis have invested in the Swedish company H2 Green Steel (H2GS) and have entered into a joint venture with Swedish steel manufacturer SSAB.
Restored aluminum against CO2 emissions
Technicians pursue one goal when using aluminum: in the body shell of the Mercedes-AMG SL, architectural components made from cast alloys from up to 100 percent recycled aluminum scrap are used for the first time. In this way, CO2 emissions can be reduced by more than 90 percent during aluminum production.