Remember the’ highly ambitious Mercedes-Benz EQXX concept? The all-electric offering that looked like something straight out The Jetsons? Mercedes just put its 1,000km claim to test and covered the said distance on a single battery charge, while still leaving some spare charge in the tank.
Yesterday, Mercedes announced that it took the EQXX concept on a long-winded road trip across Europe, without any stops for refuelling. Starting from Germany, before heading on to Switzerland then Italy, finally coming to its destination at the port town of Cassis near Marseille in the South of France. All the while facing a temperature change froom 3 to 18 degrees.
The route took the EQXX through an array of steep mountainous climbs, bumper-to-bumper traffic and other road conditions while maintaining an average speed of 87kph. Although the vehicle did not encounter any snowy or freezing conditions, known to suck the energy out of an EV battery, the feat is nonetheless remarkable.
What’s more impressive is Mercedes claims the distance covered was well over 1,000km, with 15 percent of the charge still left to spare. For perspective, this is more than twice the typical range that most EVs offer today. According to the German carmaker, the average consumption was a record-breaking low of 8.7 kWh per 100 km, which is less than the company’s own claim of 10kWh per 100km consumption.
The highly ambitious Vision EQXX concept was unveiled earlier this year, with a host of big promises. Ranging from offering an all-vegan interior to roof-integrated solar panel cells. Although Mercedes did clarify that “only parts of the concept will make it into production.”
That said, will we see the “parts” of the battery technology being applied to the locally produced Mercedes EQS here? We do hope so. But for now, let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Image credits – Twitter/Mercedes-Benz