The Mercedes Vision EQXX prototype traveled the distance between the German automaker’s headquarters and the French Riviera, ending the journey with 15% of battery power still intact.
According to the German manufacturer, the car traveled from Sindelfingen, near Stuttgart, through Switzerland and Italy, to the Mediterranean coastal town of Cassis in France.
Considered “the most efficient and aerodynamic vehicle”, the EQXX was presented at CES 2022 in Las Vegas, at which time it was estimated to have a range of around 1,000 km.
In fact, according to Ola Kallenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz, “the technology program behind this prototype marks a milestone in the development of electric vehicles.”
Mercedes plans to spend 60 billion euros by 2026 to overtake Tesla in electric cars and take back the title of the world’s best-selling premium car brand from rival BMW.
After years of criticism for delaying the adoption of electric cars, the German automaker has stepped up its transformation by launching the Mercedes EQS, a luxury vehicle with a range of around 560 km.
More recently, the brand also launched the EQB and EQE electric models, but remains behind Tesla in zero-emission vehicle sales.
With EQXX, Mercedes is trying to prove that it can surpass Tesla even in that company’s strengths, electric range. The prototype traveled between Sindelfingen and Cassis at speeds of up to 140 km/h and reached its destination with 15% of the battery still charged.
According to the German manufacturer, the Mercedes EQXX comes with a battery that can store almost 100 kWh and has a new chemical composition developed with the help of experts from the Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 team in collaboration with the Mercedes-AMG division. AMG High Performance Powertrains. in Great Britain. .
The same battery occupies 50% less volume and is 30% lighter than that of the Mercedes EQS star, the current flagship electric vehicle of the German premium brand. In addition, it is small enough to be placed even in compact vehicles.
In order to achieve increased efficiency without increasing battery volume, engineers increased the silicon content in the battery anodes.
According to Bloomberg, which aggregated data from automakers, the Mercedes EQXX prototype has an electrical consumption of just 8.7 kWh, while the Tesla Model 3 consumes 14.9 kWh and the BMW i4 16.1 kWh.