Mercedes-Benz EQXX completes 1,000-km drive on a charge

BERLIN — Mercedes-Benz aims to create electrical vehicles consuming as minimal as 10 kilowatt hrs of electricity for every 100 km (62 miles), its main technologies officer (CTO) claimed on Thursday, a third far more economical than the existing normal for electric autos.

Speaking as the carmaker celebrated the thriving test travel of its EQXX prototype car more than a lot more than 1,000 km from Sindelfingen in Germany to the Cote d’Azur on a solitary demand, CTO Markus Schaefer reported efficient design and style was critical to maximizing an electric car’s range.

“1st we improve performance, and then we can see how numerous battery modules we place in the car or truck,” Schaefer explained at a media roundtable, adding that buyers really should be capable to decide the dimensions of the battery they want dependent on their wants.

Carmakers from Mercedes-Benz to Tesla to China’s Nio are in a neck-to-neck race to develop bigger-vary automobiles that dispel customer nervousness about the deficiency of widespread charging infrastructure for electric cars.

Mercedes unveiled its Vision EQXX prototype, boasting a 1,000-km (621-mile) selection with a battery 50 percent the quantity of its flagship EQS product, in January, promising that some of the car’s components would make their way into series vehicles in 2-3 decades time.

The motor vehicle put in 8.7 kilowatt hours of power per 100 km on its 11½-hour push to France, Mercedes-Benz reported, about twice as productive as Mercedes styles on the industry and Tesla’s longest-selection automobile on present, the Product S 60.

Mercedes’ EQS has the optimum variety on the sector as of nonetheless, according to automobile comparison portal carwow, with 768 km, followed by Tesla’s Design S Long Variety with up to 652 km.

“There’ll be a further enhance for some time ahead of a drop, which will transpire when charging infrastructure is as accessible as petrol stations,” Schaefer said, while he declined to condition what selection Mercedes was concentrating on in long run models.