After promising the trip earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz has managed to get its VISION EQXX EV concept to travel more than 1,000 km (621 miles) in routine traffic on a single charge. The journey started in cold and rainy conditions in Sindelfingen, Germany, and successfully crossed the finish line in the town of Cassis on the French Riviera in southern France with range to spare.
Mercedes-Benz began teasing the VISION EQXX in fall 2020, touting it as “the most efficient electric car in the world”, with a range of 1,200 km (750 miles). A year later, Mercedes teased the silhouettes of the VISION EQXX, but promoted a slightly lower range of 1,000 km on a single charge.
Still, we were excited to learn more about the futuristic concept when it was officially unveiled last January. We discovered a whole host of other impressive technologies present in the VISION EQXX, including its solar roof, which adds up to 25 km (16 miles) of renewable range during a 1,000 km journey.
At Mercedes’ ‘Innovation and Technology Day’ in Los Angeles, we got to see a VISION EQXX up close and hear about its design from many of the experts who helped design it. During our interviews, the Mercedes team talked about the VISION EQXX’s real-world 1,000km range and shared their plans to drive it from Germany to the French Riviera on a single charge to demonstrate the potential of its technology.
Following the news from Germany, an entire Mercedes-Benz team helped the VISION EQXX concept successfully complete its 1,000km journey with some juice to spare.
Promises kept: Mercedes EQXX travels 1,000 km on a charge
News of the successful trip was shared in a full Mercedes press release, detailing the VISION EQXX’s journey from Sindelfingen near Stuttgart, on the autobahn, through the Swiss Alps and northern Italy, to Cassis on the French Riviera.
After routine speeds throughout the 1,000+ km ride around Europe, average consumption was a record 8.7 kWh per 100 kilometers (7.1 kWh per 62 miles) – Concrete proof of the cutting-edge efficiency that the German automaker has been promising the public since 2020. Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG and Chief Technology Officer responsible for development and purchasing, shared his thoughts on the trip :
With our successful road trip in the south of France, we have shown that efficiency is the new motto. And this success also speaks clearly to our new collaborative development process, incorporating many lessons from the Mercedes-AMG F1 team and its cutting-edge expertise in electric powertrains. The VISION EQXX is the result of a comprehensive program that provides a blueprint for the future of automotive engineering. Many innovative developments are already integrated into production, some of them in the next generation of modular architecture for Mercedes-Benz compact and midsize vehicles. And the journey continues. With the VISION EQXX we will continue to test the limits of what is possible.
By the end of the 11 hours and 32 minutes of driving time across Europe, the VISION EQXX had covered 1,008 km (626 miles) with a remaining range of around 140 km (87 miles) – plenty of energy to get it to a DC fast charger for the return. Check out the VISION EQXX journey for yourself below:
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