Listen to this article
Mercedes has completed a 1,000 km road trip on public roads on a single battery with its Vision EQXX.
The German car company promised that the Vision EQXX would have a 1,000 km range when it revealed the car at the start of the year but, until now, it was just talk.
The Vision EQXX set off from Sindelfingen, just outside Stuttgart and travelled through the Swiss Alps and Northern Italy before finishing at Cassis, in the French Riviera.
According to Mercedes, the car “effortlessly” covered the miles “in everyday traffic” in a variety of conditions. In fact, the car even had “prolonged fast-lane cruising at up to 140 kph on the German autobahn” and “near the speed limit” elsewhere.
Upon arrival in Cassis, after more than 11 hours of driving, the Vision EQXX still had 15% of its charge – equivalent to 140 km of range – left in the tank.
“With our successful road trip to the South of France, we’ve shown that efficiency is the new currency. And this success also clearly speaks for our new collaborative development process, incorporating many learnings from the Mercedes-AMG F1 team and its cutting-edge expertise in electric powertrains,” said Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Chief Technology Officer responsible for Development and Purchasing.
“The VISION EQXX is the result of a comprehensive programme that provides a blueprint for the future of automotive engineering. Many of the innovative developments are already being integrated into production, some of them in the next generation of modular architecture for compact and midsize Mercedes‑Benz vehicles. And the journey continues. With the VISION EQXX, we will keep testing the limits of what’s possible.”
The Vision EQXX, however, won’t be available for the public to buy. Instead, Mercedes likes to think of it as a rolling testbed for its EV technology.
Fortunately, some of the car’s features, such as its incredible low 0.17 drag coefficient value, as well as its small 2.12 m2 frontal area, should trickle down to the Silver Arrow’s road cars.