1202 kilometres: VISION EQXX broke its own   record 2022-06-27

1202 kilometres: VISION EQXX broke its own   record 2022-06-27

The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX has surpassed its efficiency record in real traffic with another journey of more than 1000 kilometres on one battery charge.

After driving from Stuttgart to Cassis in France in April, the research vehicle has now raised the bar even higher, completing a 1202-kilometre road trip from Stuttgart to Silverstone in the UK with its 100 kWh battery, the manufacturer said in a recent statement.

After a motorway closure and a challenging diversion in Pforzheim, the VISION EQXX crossed the French border near Strasbourg and drove at motorway speed through northern France to Calais to pass the Eurotunnel by train. Continuing through the UK, it had to face traffic on the M25 around London. The team then made a stopover at Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix in Brackley. There they were welcomed by the Formula 1 and Formula E experts involved in the development of the advanced powertrain.

The journey continued to Silverstone, where the VISION EQXX was received by Nyck de Vries. The Dutchman, who drives for the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team, decided not to spare the technology carrier and pushed it to its top speed of 140 km/h on the British cult race track. He completed eleven laps and used the remaining range in the pit lane. Throughout the road trip, the VISION EQXX benefited from its innovative thermal management system to achieve an average consumption of 8.3 kWh/100 km despite heavy traffic and summer temperatures.

The VISION EQXX's long-distance drives on public roads demonstrated the performance of electric efficiency technologies in a variety of real-world traffic situations. In addition, the R&D experts have also obtained valuable data for the ongoing development programme.

"The journey continues - even further, even more efficient! Once again, the VISION EQXX has proven that it can easily cover more than 1000 kilometres on one battery charge; this time under completely different conditions. Mercedes-Benz wants to be fully electric by 2030 wherever market conditions permit. That's why it's important to show the world what can be achieved through a combination of cutting-edge technology, teamwork and determination." - Markus Schäfer, Chief Technology Officer Mercedes-Benz Group AG

The VISION EQXX celebrated its first record in April this year. On its maiden voyage, it covered 1008 kilometres from Sindelfingen to Cassis on the French Mediterranean coast. At temperatures ranging from a cool three degrees to a spring-like 18 degrees Celsius, it completed the journey with an energy consumption of 8.7 kWh/100 km and a remaining range of around 140 kilometres on arrival.

But once is not enough. To demonstrate the practicality and take the development process to the next level, the engineering team is conducting a series of further drives. This will allow the technology underlying the VISION EQXX to be tested under a wide range of conditions.

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