The definition of automotive luxury is changing with the zeitgeist: until recently, the highest quality leather was considered the ultimate in interior design, but now sustainability is the order of the day. the study Mercedes Vision EQXX takes this fact into account with the new material UBQ, which is obtained from unsorted household waste such as leftover food, mixed plastics, cardboard and baby diapers.
Sustainability as a basis for development
The premise of sustainability runs through all areas of the vehicle. Materials with a high proportion of recycled material are used in the interior, and the leather is sustainably produced and processed. This starts with animal husbandry and ends with more environmentally friendly tanning, in which only vegetable or alternative sustainable substances that are chromium-free are used. These include dried coffee bean shells, chestnuts or extracts from renewable raw materials.
Leather alternative made from plant fibers
In the future, Mercedes interiors will be free of natural leather: in the Vision EQXX concept study, alternative leathers made from renewable raw materials such as powdered cactus fibers are already being used. Research is already breaking new ground and using biotechnology: In the laboratory, fungal mycelia grow into leather alternatives.
Mercedes wants to be CO2-neutral by 2039
The overarching goal of the Swabian car manufacturer is to have a fleet of new passenger cars and vans that is CO2-neutral across the entire value chain and life cycle on the road as early as 2039 – eleven years earlier than required by EU legislation.