In a major challenge for Elon Musk’s Tesla in the electric vehicle (EV) market, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its long-range “Vision EQXX” concept car which has traveled more than 1,000 km on a fully charged battery – the longest distance ever traveled by an EV on a single charge to date.
According to the automaker, the journey from Germany to southern France began in cold and rainy conditions, and was undertaken at normal road speeds, including extended highway cruising of up to 140 km/ h.
“The battery state of charge on arrival was around 15%, which corresponds to a remaining range of around 140 km, and the average consumption was a record 8.7 kWh per 100 km”, the company said in a statement.
The profile of the course – from the highway, to mountain passes, to roadworks – and the weather conditions presented the Vision EQXX with a wide variety of challenges.
According to the company, the lightweight design concept of the VISION EQXX is comprehensive, from the materials used to the innovative bionic structures that provide a favorable power-to-weight ratio.
The car has a durable carbon fiber and sugar composite material used for the battery top, which is also used in Formula 1, and the rear floor made using an aluminum casting process.
The innovative design approach has resulted in weight savings of up to 20% compared to a conventionally manufactured component.
“The EVA is the most efficient Mercedes ever built. The underlying technology program marks an important milestone in the development of electric vehicles. It underpins our strategic objective to be ‘Lead in Electric’,” Ola said. Kallenius, Chairman of the Management Board of Mercedes. -Benz Group AG.
Since the electric powertrain generates little waste heat thanks to its high efficiency, passive cooling is sufficient throughout the journey, the automaker said.
The aerodynamically very efficient solution increases the range by 20 km.
The VISION EQXX has unequivocally proven the real potential for exceptional efficiency in electric vehicles,” the company said.
The Mercedes-Benz EV poses a daunting challenge to other leaders in electric luxury sedans, including the Porsche Taycan, Audi E-tron GT and the upcoming Tesla Roadster.
The automaker plans to go all-electric by 2030, setting a goal that half of its global sales will include plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles by 2025.
The Mercedes range will have nine models by the end of the year, including electrified versions of its E-Class and B-Class vehicles.
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