One of the main arguments in the controversy between supporters of cars with internal combustion engines and electric cars is the drive range and the recovery time. It takes a few minutes to fill a full tank of fuel, and it takes much more time to charge the battery. Moreover, you still need to find a suitable station, which is much harder than to find conventional gas stations.
Car manufacturers and just electric cars enthusiasts are increasingly trying different travel options and looking for battery life limits. In addition, manufacturers continue to work on the distance that new models can cover, increasing the possible mileage with each new model.
The recently presented Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX has been tested in real conditions. It was a trip to Europe that began in Germany, covered Switzerland and Italy, and ended in the south of France.
In total, the car covered 1000 km on one charge, which is twice as much as the typical number for modern electric cars. But this is not the most interesting thing. The average energy consumption during the trip was record low – 8.7 kW/h per 100 km of road. When the trip ended, there was 15% charge, which according to the calculations of the Vision EQXX should be enough for an additional 140 km.
And all this was demonstrated in real conditions, where there were rises, traffic jams, road repairs and temperature changes (3 to 18 ° C). The average speed was 87 km/h.
It is worth noting that this is not a test of a rating agency that has its own rules for testing and comparing electric cars. It is also unknown whether such a futuristic concept car will go into series production, or whether it is simply built for testing platforms and new batteries. But still it is worth acknowledging the success of the test model, which overcame the promised 1000 km in real conditions, not simulations.