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Mercedes-Benz’s ultra-efficient VISION EQXX electric car traveled 750 miles (1,200 km) on a single charge

Mercedes-Benz’s ultra-efficient VISION EQXX electric car accomplished a 750-mile (1,200 km) journey on a single cost between Germany and the UK.

A couple of years in the past, Mercedes-Benz launched the VISION EQXX challenge to enhance the effectivity of its electrical autos. The automobile is supplied with a 100 kWh battery pack, and there are a number of manufacturing electrical autos out with that capability, however none of them get greater than 500 miles of vary.

Mercedes is testing some expertise within the VISION EQXX to push the effectivity to new ranges. It’s outfitted with many aerodynamic options that obtain a drag coefficient of 0.17.

In April, the check electric car drove from Sindelfingen close to Stuttgart, on the autobahn, throughout the Swiss Alps and Northern Italy, to Cassis within the French Riviera. That was a trip of just over 620 miles (1,000 km).

That’s about what Mercedes-Benz stated it will be capable of do after updating the initially introduced specs of over 750 miles (1,200 km) of range again in 2020 earlier than unveiling the automobile.

At the moment, Mercedes-Benz introduced that it accomplished a visit with the VISION EQXX that’s really nearer to the unique specs:

Stuttgart/Brixworth. The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX beats its personal effectivity document in real-world driving with one other 1,000 km+ journey on a single battery cost. Following its record-breaking maiden drive from Stuttgart to Cassis (France) in April, the analysis automobile set the bar even greater, with a 1,202-kilometre highway journey from Stuttgart to Silverstone within the UK. After negotiating an autobahn closure and demanding cross-country diversion close to Stuttgart, the VISION EQXX crossed the French border close to Strasbourg then cruised throughout northern France at freeway speeds to Calais, the place it boarded the Eurotunnel. Persevering with its journey within the UK, it took the M25 round London then stopped off at Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix in Brackley. Ready to greet it there have been the System 1 and System E consultants who helped develop its superior drivetrain. The VISION EQXX then carried on to Silverstone, the place it was welcomed by particular visitor driver Nyck de Vries. The Dutchman, who races for the Mercedes-EQ System E crew, opted to not go straightforward on the analysis automobile, taking it as much as its most pace restrict of 140 km/h on the enduring British race observe. Taking advantage of the event, he accomplished 11 laps, utilizing the final of the cost on the pit lane. All through the highway journey, the VISION EQXX took benefit of its revolutionary thermal administration system to attain a median consumption of 8.3 kWh/100 km within the face of heavy site visitors and summer season temperatures.

Whereas we don’t have all the main points of the journey, Mercedes-Benz makes it sound prefer it was driving the electric car usually for real-world situations and never “hypermiling” it by driving at low speeds.

It took 14 hours and half-hour and so they drove at a median pace of 83 km/h (52 mph).

Listed below are the specs of the Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX:

Power content material of the battery kWh < 100
Rated voltage volts > 900
Power consumption kWh/100 km(miles/kWh) 8.3(7.5)
Cd worth   0.17
Entrance face 2.12
Energy kW 180
Wheelbase mm 2,800
Size/width/top mm 4,975/1,870/1,348
Unladen automobile weight kg 1,755

Electrek’s Take

I do know this isn’t a manufacturing automotive, however I nonetheless actually like these items. I like when automakers attempt to push effectivity to new ranges. What I would love is that if they’d put a 60 kWh battery pack in there and attempt to provide you with a lighter 4-door electric car that may get 400 miles of vary, whereas not costing six figures.

That stated, I additionally perceive the place Mercedes is coming from, because it has come into the EV market from the higher-end of the market.

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