Mercedes-Benz EQXX updated this week its record of efficiency for electric vehicles. 1,202 km were covered with a single battery of 100 kWh batteries.
In April, Mercedes-Benz did something that no other car manufacturer had ever done before: driving more than 1,000 miles with one full battery. And if that wasn’t interesting enough, the Germans did it under the normal conditions that every road user goes through every day.
The Mercedes-Benz EQXX, a fully-fledged electric model used for the trip, drove from Stuttgart to Cassis in France for two days (over 14 hours). A journey of 1,008 km. The car still had 140 kilometers left at the station, and that was enough reason to see if there was still a long way to go.
This week Mercedes drivers boarded Stuttgart again, but this time they were driving on the British 1st Silverstone System 1 for two days (14 hours and 30 minutes by car). Just under 1,100 kilometers had to be covered with a battery of about 100 kWh. And just like the last time, test drivers had to deal with normal road conditions. There are no closed roads and no open roads.
The drivers took the car safely to Silverstone. After that, there was enough charge for Dutch driver Nyck de Vries to complete 11 more circuits in the EQXX. He did not do so with a feather right leg, because De Vries kicked the car at his top speed of 140 miles per hour.
Including De Vries cycles, the total covered distance comes in an impressive 1,202 kilometers. This increases the efficiency of the vehicle from 8.7 kWh / 100 km to 8.3 kWh / 100 km.
Now there are some precautions for a new trip. Although interesting, there are other factors that positively affect a variety of vehicles. First, it is not hot: it was higher last weekend than in April. Electric cars work best in warmer climates.
The sun was also stronger, which means that the solar panel on the EQXX roof provided more energy. They are small differences, but at such heights, they can make all the difference.
Mercedes itself indicates that because of the high temperatures, the weather also had to be turned on several times, undoubtedly affecting the battery charge. In total, the weather was turned on for 8 hours “with only a negative impact on total energy consumption”, according to the car manufacturer.
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