The Mercedes Benz Vision EQXX can go Miles and Miles more!
In 1890, Williams Morrison, a chemist in Des Moines, Iowa, debuted the first successful electric car…well, wagon. While it was a rudimentary start, it created the beginning of interest in a fully electric vehicle.
The electric vehicle has come a long way since 1890 with one major concern on everyone’s mind: How far is the range of an electric car? While this has been one of the major hurdles that electric car manufacturers have been trying to leap, the range question might be answered sooner than you think.
Mercedes-Benz enlisted the Formula 1 experts at Mercedes-AMG® High Performance Powertrains to break all preconceived notions about the electric car. With the all-electric Mercedes Benz Vision EQXX concept vehicle, we started from scratch. Everything we thought we knew about the electric vehicle was redesigned with lightweight, hyper efficiency in mind. Our energy-dense battery dropped 30% of the weight and became 50% smaller and aerodynamics dropped the drag coefficient to an amazing cd 0.17.
With innovation on our side, we’ve upped the ante on range. In April of this year, the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept traveled 626 miles on a single charge. The trip from Stuttgart, Germany, over the Alps, and to the French Riviera was monitored by a think tank watching every move made by the electric car from a remote location. With an average speed of 55 mph, the Vision EQXX used just 8.7 kilowatt-hours per 62 miles. And to top it all off, the lithium-ion NMC battery still had roughly 15% of its total battery capacity left at the completion of the trip.
So why not push it to the full limit?
Our concept Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX broke its own record with a 746-mile trip from Stuttgart, Germany to Silverstone, England. The average energy consumption tracked in at 7.5 miles per kwh, with an average speed of 52 mph and a top speed of 87 mph. While this route didn’t have the aggressive energy use and regenerative braking needed to make the Alpine crossing, the drivers did have to deal with warmer temperatures and increased traffic around the larger city of Stuttgart and into southeastern England. Did AC have any effects on energy consumption? According to the results, the air conditioning was used for approximately 8 hours of the trip and had “minimal effects” on the overall consumption.
After a trip under the English Channel on a Eurotunnel train, drivers took a detour to the Mercedes-Benz Formula One base in Brackley, England. The Vision EQXX took 11 laps around the Silverstone track with Nyck de Vries, Formula E driver, behind the wheel, hitting its maximum speed of 82 mph.
While we all want a Vision EQXX in our very own garages, Mercedes isn’t expecting to launch a production version at this time. But, since Mercedes is aiming for an all-electric lineup by 2030, hopefully we can see some of the technology that was created to make the Vision EQXX such a success adapted for future production vehicles.
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