Mercedes-Benz debuted the VISION EQXX in the fall of 2020, calling it “the world’s most efficient electric car” with a range of 1,200 kilometers (750 miles). A year later, Mercedes was teasing the silhouettes of the VISION EQXX, but touted a slightly lower range of 1,000 km on a single charge.
However, we were excited to learn more about the futuristic concept when it was officially revealed last January. We’ve learned about a whole host of other cool technologies found in the VISION EQXX, including its solar roof, which adds up to 25 km (16 miles) of renewable range during a 1,000-kilometre journey.
During Mercedes’ Innovation and Technology Day in Los Angeles, we saw the VISION EQXX up close and heard about its design from the many experts who helped design it. During our conversations, the Mercedes team spoke to the real-life 1,000 km range of the VISION EQXX and shared plans to drive it all the way from Germany to the French Riviera on a single charge to prove the potential of its technology.
Following the news from Germany, an entire team at Mercedes-Benz has helped the VISION EQXX concept successfully complete its 1,000km journey with some juice left to spare.
Promises Fulfilled: The Mercedes EQXX covered 1,000 kilometers on a single charge
News of the successful trip was shared in a comprehensive press release from Mercedes, detailing the VISION EQXX flight from Sindelfingen near Stuttgart, on the motorway, through the Swiss Alps and northern Italy, to Cassis on the French Riviera.
After routine speeds throughout the 1,000-kilometre journey across Europe, average consumption was a record 8.7 kWh per 100 km (7.1 kWh per 62 miles) – tangible evidence of the industry-leading efficiency that The German automaker has been promising it to the public since then 2020. Markus Schaefer, Mercedes-Benz Group AG board member and chief technology officer responsible for development and procurement, shared his thoughts on the trip:
With our successful road trip to the south of France, we’ve shown that efficiency is the new currency. This success is also evidenced by our new collaborative development process, which includes many lessons learned 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. Several innovative developments have already been incorporated into production, some of which are in the next generation of modular engineering for Mercedes-Benz compact and mid-size vehicles. And the journey continues. With VISION EQXX, we will continue to test the limits of what is possible.
At the end of 11 hours and 32 minutes of driving time across Europe, the VISION EQXX cruised 1,008 kilometers (626 miles) with range remaining about 140 kilometers (87 miles) — plenty of power to get it for a DC fast charger for the return ride. Check out the VISION EQXX trip for yourself below:
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