1000 km range with an electric car: Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX with 8.7 kWh/100 km

When the auto industry had to realize that fleet consumption could only be met by electric cars, it took the easy route to sell an increasing number of electric cars. He started picking up customers where he had put them for years: with ever bigger and more powerful cars.

Just look at the performance, which has increased every year since records began. For decades, the overwhelming strategy with increased power and simultaneous body growth has worked so well that sensible electric cars with lightweight construction, narrow wheels and good aerodynamics, such as the BMW i3, barely had a chance.

Thanks to state subsidies, the BMW i3 stayed with us longer than expected according to the laws of the market. However, even the BMW company, which was originally shaped by engineering reasoning, was eventually forced to offer heavy-duty SUVs and extra-wide limousines to bring electric cars to the masses.

Manufacturers have always been able to rely on controlled popometry for customer pleasure. And because of its torquey characteristics, the e-drive is also great at generating extremely impressive acceleration performance from scratch, even in the heaviest of cars.

Tesla, to name just the most dazzling example, took it to the extreme with crazy boosts like “Ridiculous Mode” or the even worse “Checkered Mode”. Consumption increased accordingly, now in regions beyond 15 kWh/100 km. Of course, on average in all electric cars sold in Germany.

Today, customers who listen less to their buttocks than their heads will search in vain for skinny electric cars. But of course automakers continue to work on concepts to wean electric cars away from alcohol, if only to avoid being blindsided again by the government’s new limit values. Another reason is the fear of autonomy associated with performance and consumption that, curiously, affects almost exclusively customers who can still be conquered by electric mobility.

Mercedes-Benz, for example, now reports success in this way. The manufacturer is aiming for 10 kWh/100 km, around a third more efficient than the current average for electric cars.

The manufacturer today celebrates the test drive of its Vision EQXX prototype over 1,000 km from Sindelfingen to the elegant Côte d’Azur on a single charge. Mercedes board member Markus Schäfer told media representatives: “First we optimize efficiency and then we can see how many battery modules we install in the car.” Ultimately, customers should be able to order the battery size based on their needs.

The Vision EQXX introduced in January has a range of 1,000 km with a battery that is only half the size of the Mercedes EQS. Some components of the EQXX will be incorporated into production vehicles in two to three years. On the 11.5-hour drive to France, consumption of 8.7 kWh/100 km was about twice as efficient as that of all battery-electric Mercedes models on the market and the Tesla Model S 60, the model with the highest range autonomy. American manufacturer of electric cars.


(fpp)

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