Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX electric concept car sets record, travelling over 1,000 km on one battery charge
Mercedes-Benz has announced that its VISION EQXX electric concept car has completed a real-world test, travelling over 1,000 km (~621 miles) on a single battery charge. The vehicle travelled from Sindelfingen, Germany, across the Alps and Italy to reach Cassis in France. The 12-hour journey was completed in everyday traffic conditions, in rainy and cold weather, between 3 and 18°C.
According to Mercedes, the car spent ‘prolonged’ periods cruising at up to 140 kph (~87 mph) on the autobahn. At the end of the test, the car had around 15% battery charge remaining, which could have enabled it to travel for another 140 km (~87 miles).
The vehicle averaged 87.4 kph (~54.3 mph) throughout the trip. The average consumption of the VISION EQXX on the journey was a record-breaking low of 8.8 kWh per 100 km (~62 miles). The test was certified by an independent expert from TUV Sud.
The Mercedes VISION EQXX was unveiled earlier this year, with fans speculating that the concept could become a production vehicle to rival the Tesla Roadster. The company initially stated that the concept car would consume around 10 kWh per 100 km (~62 miles).
Mercedes credited the Mercedes-AMG F1 team for employing its electric powertrain expertise to help develop the long-ranging car. The company has said that it will use the technology from the VISION EQXX in future vehicles, though it did not specify when this would happen.