In April, the corporate’s stab at “the silver bullet to the electrical highway journey” accomplished a 626-mile journey on a single cost. However after driving from Stuttgart, Germany to Cassis, France, the electrical automobile’s battery sat at about 15 p.c capability. This prompted the engineering group to surprise how a lot additional the EV would be capable of go.
Cue take two: a 14.5-hour journey that took the VISION EQXX from Stuttgart to Silverstone, UK throughout two days. The group strove to mimic real-world situations as a lot as doable, enduring on a regular basis challenges comparable to summer time warmth and excessive site visitors density. Nyck “The Dutchman” de Vries, who races for the Mercedes-EQ System E group, performed the top portion of the journey as a visitor driver. De Vries took the VISION EQXX as much as its most velocity restrict of 87 miles per hour throughout 11 journeys round Silverstone’s well-known race observe earlier than exhausting the automobile’s cost on the pit lanes.
“But once more, the VISION EQXX has confirmed that it may well simply cowl greater than 1,000 km on a single battery cost, this time confronted with an entire totally different set of real-world situations,” mentioned Markus Schäfer, Chief Expertise Officer for growth and procurement at Mercedes-Benz. “As Mercedes-Benz strives to go all-electric by 2030 wherever market situations permit, you will need to present to the world what may be achieved in actual phrases by way of a mixture of cutting-edge know-how, teamwork and willpower.”
Single-charge EV ranges floated round 250 miles firstly of final yr. Mercedes needed to triple this median with the intention to carry the VISION EQXX to the extent of success it noticed final week. Whereas the straightforward reply would’ve been to construct a much bigger battery, this might have weighed the automobile down. As a substitute Mercedes tried its hand at utilizing light-weight supplies to create a unit that didn’t sacrifice measurement for capability. The outcome was an energy-dense battery that was about 30 p.c lighter than the one it began with, and half the scale.
The battery doesn’t must energy the EV’s inside, both. Rooftop photo voltaic panels energy a lot of the inside know-how—which, by the best way, makes the VISION EQXX seem like one thing out of the 1964 New York World’s Honest. White seats, brushed metal accents, and cool-toned ambient lighting mix for a smooth aesthetic to match the automobile’s spectacular vary. Mercedes says it used animal-free textiles, like cactus fibers, mushrooms and vegan silk, to craft the enticing but sensible inside.
The VISION EQXX is an idea automobile and isn’t at present slated for manufacturing. That being mentioned, the automobile—which the corporate is asking “probably the most environment friendly Mercedes ever constructed”—presents a possible irresistible problem to different EV makers, together with Tesla, whose vehicles at present max out at about 400 miles on a single cost.