As consumers consider making the transition from a gas-powered vehicle to an EV, a common question emerges — is the range suitable for long drives? Would an EV road trip even be possible, or would it introduce an onslaught of logistical challenges related to range performance and battery efficiency? Fortunately, Mercedes-Benz has gotten ahead of this question (and its competition) with the Vision EQXX EV, which recently demonstrated world-beating efficiency in real world driving tests — and the range is definitely something to write home about.
To test the performance of the EQXX, the EV embarked on a road trip from Sindelfingen, Germany, across the Swiss Alps and Northern Italy, to its destination of Cassis on the Côte d’Azur in France, against everyday traffic and variable weather conditions. During this trip, the EQXX covered more than 1,000 km on a single charge, with an average consumption was a record-breaking low of 8.7 kWh per 100 kilometres. The charging port had been sealed and the findings were verified by the certification body TÜV Süd
“We did it! Powering through more than 1,000 kilometres with ease on a single battery charge and a consumption of only 8.7 kWh/100 km in real-world traffic conditions,” shared Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG. “The VISION EQXX is the most efficient Mercedes ever built. The technology programme behind it marks a milestone in the development of electric vehicles. It underpins our strategic aim to ‘Lead in Electric’.”
According to Mercedes, this achievement has been the goal all along — maximum efficiency through innovation, using a holistic approach with innovations in all technical areas that have an impact on energy consumption. “With our successful road trip to the South of France, we’ve shown that efficiency is the new currency,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Chief Technology Officer responsible for Development and Purchasing.
“This success also clearly speaks for our new collaborative development process, incorporating many learnings from the Mercedes-AMG F1 team and its cutting-edge expertise in electric powertrains. The VISION EQXX is the result of a comprehensive programme that provides a blueprint for the future of automotive engineering.”
This demonstration of superior efficiency is no small feat, and stands to redefine range expectations for EVs moving forward as automakers look to electrify their fleets.