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This Mercedes Benz EV traveled 1,000 km on a single charge

For electric cars to compete very well with gas cars, they need to produce comparable driving ranges. This used to be a problem, but as the Mercedes Benz Vision EQXX proved, an EV can cover 1,000 km or 620 miles on a single charge, which some battery to spare at the end of the trip.

The Vision EQXX is actually a concept car, meaning it may or may not become an actual product. However, Mercedes Benz can import the technologies that allow the extended range into other production models. It is worth noting too that the appearance is practical and may not need many changes to make production. Also, fellow German Volkswagen did turn the ID Buzz from a concept EV into an actual product.

Mercedes Benz took the EQXX through multiple cities in Europe. The trip started in Germany, of course, and went through Switzerland and Italy before ending in Cassis near Marseille in France. The route took it through varied road conditions, including temperatures ranging from 3 to 18 degrees Celsius. The average speed was 54 mph.

The distance covered is significant because it is more than double what some EVs offer. Mercedes even claimed the car had 15 percent battery left on arrival at its destination. This means the EQXX could go an extra 140 km or 87 miles. As such, the average consumption was 8.7 kWh per 100 km, a record.

The longest range on record for an actual electric car is 520 miles, offered by the Lucid Air Dream.

It should be noted that Mercedes unveiled the concept Vision EQXX to experiment with battery efficiency. The body is designed to achieve the least amount of drag, even though it looks a fit futuristic. But it can yield production models that can compete with other top models like the Porsche Taycan.

Before the test, Mercedes Benz predicted energy consumption of 10 kWh per 100 km based on simulations, but the real-world test has significantly surpassed this. The EPA or WLTP also offers estimates which may not be realistic for every driver. Factors like weather, steep inclines, driving speed, payload, and towing can affect how many kilometers a driver squeezes out of their electric car.

Mercedes Benz can boast of not conducting the driving test under controlled conditions. The car drove on steep roads, with different weather conditions from chilly to temperate. However, the EQXX did not pass through the snow or any ultra-low temperatures known to cut down driving ranges significantly.

The German company will now use some of the breakthroughs in its Mercedes-Benz Modular Architecture, which will power its vehicles in the future.

Mercedes Benz is one of the legacy automakers trying to shift their focus to electric vehicles as the world tries to move away from environment polluting internal combustion engine vehicles. Its blueprint includes switching to EVs in markets where that is feasible first while still supplying ICEs to the rest of the world.

One of its newest electric cars is the EQS, a luxury sedan with up to 350 miles of driving range. It features a massive edge-to-edge touch-enabled screen on the dashboard known as the Hyperscreen.

Written by HackerVibes

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