Mercedes-Benz Electric Vehicle Safety
One of the biggest reasons put forth for not having electric vehicles have been safety ramifications. Batteries, especially of the size needed to power electric vehicles, can have incredibly violent reactions to punctures or other compression, and the combination of energy being released and dangerous chemicals within the battery could lead to horrific results. You can check out the video below, timestamped to show some of these violent reactions. Compared to the years of experience engineers have had in creating safe petrol vehicles, such as crumple points in the vehicle to absorb impact and protect the cabin, better materials, and other factors, electric vehicles need as much, if not more, safety measures designed and installed to make electric vehicles functional.
Thankfully, the teams over at the Mercedes-Benz tech center definitely thought all this through while designed their own EQC vehicle, and have fully tested it for vehicle safety at their facilities which are touted as the most advanced crash test center in the world. Before we get into the results, the Mercedes-Benz EQC is a prototype expected to release in 2 years, built as an all-electric SUV. With 408 horsepower between the rear and front electric motors, the EQC is able to reach 0-60 miles per hour in just 4.9 seconds. The current prototype that’s been featured and tested by different car news companies features an interior that closely mimics the G-Class and S-Class, although that could be changed by the time the vehicle reach production.
Now, back to the results of Mercedes’ crash tests, and how it improves the safety of the EQC for future drivers. First of all, multiple subframes are built underneath the vehicles frame, individually housing the drive components in the front section and the battery, with deformation (or crumple) elements fitted between the battery and protective space. This is a similar tech, with more devoted engineering, as the crumple technology currently built onto petrol vehicles that protects the cabin, now utilized on important drive elements as well.
Another extraordinary combination of hardware and software that Mercedes has developed is the high-voltage system that shuts down automatically in the event of a crash, depending on the seriousness of said crash; the same goes for charging, if the vehicle is stationary at a charging station. This technology isn’t a new concept for Mercedes-Benz though, as they initially innovated similar concepts in their vehicles: many modern day Mercedes feature safety tech that, in the event of a collision, will create noise through the speakers at a specific volume and frequency to lessen or completely remove the hearing loss typically associated with a collision. Another technology that is similar is, in the event of a rollover, windows in a Mercedes will automatically pull into the doors so that shattered glass will not spill through the vehicle potentially injuring passengers.
The EQC will likely see all these features and all the other standard safety features expected of vehicles these days. But one of Mercedes-Benz’s biggest concerns is protecting the battery to ensure the protection of the passengers within their vehicles. Although this may raise the costs of a wreck due to the damage to the vehicle and all the systems in place to absorb that damage, no cost is worth the injury to human life, and Mercedes is striving to protect those who drive their vehicles and their families.