How far can you get with an e-car under everyday conditions? Quite a long way, as the "Vision EQXX" research vehicle from Mercedes makes clear. It managed more than 1200 kilometers without recharging - but it wasn't particularly fast either.
As is well known, the range is the sticking point with electric vehicles, the term "range anxiety" came up a long time ago - the fear of being stranded with an empty battery or having to spend a lot of time at the charging station. In addition to the high price, it is this fact that makes many potential buyers shy away from purchasing an electric car. Most of the distances covered in everyday life are much shorter and can easily be covered with one battery charge.
But the car manufacturers are constantly researching how to optimize the vehicles and the charging technology and to extend the driving times without having to stop at the charging station. Absolutely with success. But how far can you currently get with an electric car under everyday conditions? Quite far, shows a research vehicle from Mercedes.
The carmaker had once again sent its "Vision EQXX" on long-distance journeys on public roads. This time it went from Stuttgart to Silverstone. Without charging, the research vehicle, including a few extra laps on the racetrack, covered exactly 1,202 kilometers in summer temperatures of up to 30 degrees. The average consumption was 8.3 kWh. The pure driving time was 14.5 hours, the average speed 83 kilometers per hour.
The "Vision EQXX" is 4.98 meters long and weighs almost 1.8 tons and has a battery with almost 100 kWh. The drag coefficient (cW) is 0.17. A complex thermal management system for the electric drive unit and the interior requires little energy.
On its first long-distance journey in April from Sindelfingen to Cassis, the EQXX drove 1008 kilometers and had a remaining range of 140 kilometers when it arrived on the French Mediterranean coast. At that time, the average consumption was 8.7 kWh.