Mercedes-Benz drove an electric car for over 620 miles without stopping to charge
Every automaker with big electric vehicle ambitions is looking to build the ultimate car for one purpose or another. There are more than a few companies chasing the higher and higher power spike. Mercedes-Benz, however, is trying to prove that it can build the most efficient, longest-range electric vehicles. With its latest experiment, called the MissionXX, the company set out to show that it could build a sedan that could go nearly double that of a long-range Tesla Model 3 on a single charge. And it did it not with a bigger battery, but by going further with one kWh of energy.
Mercedes doesn’t want to admit exactly how much battery there is under the Vision EQXX, only that it has “nearly 100 kWh of usable energy” on board. The company says this vehicle has traveled a whopping 621 miles on a single charge, on normal roads, in regular traffic, more than enough to break the 1,000-kilometer barrier that was the goal. At the end of the 1,000-kilometer journey, there were still another 140 kilometers in the tank, regardless.
Mercedes says the EQXX only consumes one kilowatt hour of energy for every 7.14 miles traveled, which is significantly more than the current industry standard. Tesla’s most efficient Model 3, in comparison, only runs 4.16 miles on the same kWh. My old 2010 Nissan Leaf can barely travel 3.3 miles!
This car was designed from the start with efficiency in mind. The car is significantly more aerodynamically efficient than anything else on the market today. T.h and EQXX as drag coefficient right 0.17, which is miles better than the current Mercedes EQS and the industry-leading Tesla Model S, which are equal to 0.20. The car has also been put through a serious weight loss program, cutting out anything and everything that could be, while still keeping the look and function like a fairly normal car. This is a fantastic piece of engineering and I applaud their efforts.
For anyone who has said they need 600 miles of range before they can switch to electric vehicles, start yelling at Mercedes-Benz that you’re ready to throw money into their hands if they get this car ready for production.