Mercedes-Benz is targeting 1,000km on a single charge with the Vision EQXX concept

Goodbye, range anxiety
by Ollie Kew | Jul 24, 2021
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‘EQXX.’ Not, as far as we know, how Elizabeth Queen of England signs off her texts.

No, EQXX is actually a new electric concept car inbound from Mercedes-Benz—one that threatens to laugh in the face of range anxiety. In a German accent.

The carmaker has announced that the Vision EQXX will boast “a real-world range of more than 1,000km.” That’s enough to drive from Paris to Monte Carlo on a single charge. Or, if you prefer neon and cabaret to champagne and caviar, a trip from San Francisco to Vegas, without the ‘please recharge’ warning ever blinking on.

Mercedes-Benz had previously hinted it was working on an electric vehicle capable of getting from Beijing to Shanghai—a 1,200km schlep—without plugging in. Final range is still being honed, it seems.

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To pull off such an enormous endurance, the Vision EQXX needs to be really efficient. Merc says the target is “a single-digit figure for kWh per 100 km.” That means averaging more around 10km per kWh “at normal highway driving speeds.” For reference, an Audi e-tron does about 3.2km per kWh. A Tesla Model 3 gets about 6.4km per kWh, and that’s among the best we’ve ever tested.

Formula 1 know-how is being used to develop the EQXX. The company is employing a “multi-disciplinary team including experts from Mercedes-Benz’s F1 High Performance Powertrain division” to crunch the numbers, and the skunkworks is “making rapid progress towards the project’s ambitious goals.”

The Vision EQXX won’t be revealed until 2022, but Mercedes-Benz says the lessons learned in this one-off concept’s gestation will be used to better the performance of the all-new EV architectures that land in 2025 to support regular Merc cars, vans, and an all-electric fleet of AMGs.

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Our advice? Practice holding it when you next need the toilet. Future Mercs are going to need to stop less often than you...

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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