The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept car has traveled more than 1,000 km on a single charge

Mercedes-Benz has announced that its electric concept car, the Vision EQXX, has successfully passed a long-distance test of over 1,000 km on a single battery charge. It was one of the longest distances traveled by an electric vehicle on a single charge.

The journey took place in several European cities, first in Germany, then in Switzerland and Italy, and finally to its destination, the port city of Cassis near Marseille in the south of France. Temperatures ranged from 3 to 18 degrees Celsius (37 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit) and the vehicle was traveling at an average speed of 54 mph.

The distance traveled was “greater” than 1,000 km, or about 621 miles. That’s more than double the typical range that most EVs on the road can go today. According to Mercedes, the Vision EQXX’s state of charge on arrival was around 15%, leaving the vehicle with a remaining range of around 140 km (87 miles). Average consumption was a record 8.7 kWh per 100 km (7.1 kWh per 62 miles).

Mercedes first introduced the Vision EQXX earlier this year, primarily as a battery efficiency experiment. With its sporty intentions and sleek, futuristic design, the concept car will likely serve as the basis for a production car that could end up rivaling other luxury electric vehicles like the Porsche Taycan, Audi E-tron GT and the Tesla Roadster.

The real-world range test is a boon for Mercedes, which previously claimed the Vision EQXX would consume power at a rate of 10 kWh per 100 kilometres, or more than 6 miles per kWh. These tests were based on a simulation of real traffic conditions, an estimate which the Vision EQXX surpassed in real conditions. real world conditions.

At the time, Mercedes said the top-line Vision EQXX was “quite realistic” and that many of its technological advances would be incorporated into future production vehicles through the Mercedes-Benz Modular Architecture. Real-world test results will serve to back up these claims.

Of course, a range estimate is still just that: an estimate. It will be up to the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States, as well as the Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) in Europe, to independently certify any range of electric vehicles. Most electric vehicles on the market today have a range of between 200 and 300 miles, while some earlier models have less than that. The latest generation of electric vehicles have a range of 250 to 300 miles.

Of course, the EV range is very subjective. Even the EPA’s rating system is only intended to present a snapshot under the specific conditions of the agency’s testing process. It generally excludes factors such as steep hills and the effects of cold weather, which can wear down a vehicle’s battery much faster than when driving on flat surfaces or in warmer weather.

To Mercedes’ credit, the company didn’t run its range test in what looked like perfect conditions. The route included a variety of steep and mountainous conditions, as well as construction work and other hazards. The wide range of temperatures, from cold mountain air to more temperate conditions, made it possible to show the performance of the Vision EQXX in a variety of settings. The vehicle did not encounter snow or freezing conditions, which are known to suck energy from an EV battery.

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