Mercedes EQXX drives 1,202 km on one battery charge

Own range record pulverized

In April 2022, the Mercedes EQXX made it from Stuttgart to the Côte d’Azur without recharging. Now he has completed an even longer trip to England.

In England, some crucial things are playing out for Mercedes. In the coming days, the AMG One, the hypercar with Formula 1 technology, will finally celebrate its public premiere in series guise at the Festival of Speed in Goodwood. A weekend later, the moment of truth came for the F1 team: At the race in Silverstone, the current Silver Arrow had to show whether it could still be expected in the future or whether it would go down in the history of the racing series as a non-starter.

Another Mercedes silverling has already proven in the same place that it is not the latter. When it arrived in the British F1 Mecca after 14 hours and 30 minutes of pure driving time, the Vision EQXX just smashed its own range record. The route from Stuttgart-Untertürkheim to Silverstone was 1,202 kilometers long – and the streamlined electrician completed it without the battery having to be recharged. He got a whopping 194 kilometers further than in the spring when the first record drive went to the Côte d’Azur (more on this in the video above this paragraph and in the second part of the article). In addition, it was even more energy-efficient with a consumption of 8.3 kWh per 100 kilometers.

Not a completely smooth ride

The fact that the EQXX also set this best value in real road traffic is a matter of honor for Mercedes. The unbroken seal on the charging port proves that no cheating was done. And it can also be said that not everything went smoothly: Shortly after take-off, the crew had to take a detour through Pforzheim due to a motorway closure. There was a short breather during the train journey through the Eurotunnel and when they arrived on the island, the team stopped by the motorsport squad in Brackley. Nyck de Vries was then in demand at Silverstone: On eleven laps of the Grand Prix short, the Mercedes Formula E driver squeezed the last kilowatt hours from the EQXX battery before rolling out in the pit lane without juice. The Dutchman also reached a top speed of 140 km/h.

Incidentally, the Mercedes Vision EQXX also went on to Goodwood, where it is now being presented to the expert audience. And already fill up on energy for the next record drive, which the Mercedes team already seems to have in mind. It is not for nothing that the people of Stuttgart ask the question in the press release about the new record run: “Where should we go next?”

Review of the first record drive for the EQXX

When Mercedes first signaled at the end of 2019 that it would be able to tackle the 1,000-kilometer mark with an electric car without recharging, the project still consisted of little more than many question marks. The rapid development in the industry meanwhile brought us more and more superlatives, not least from Stuttgart origin, keyword range king Mercedes EQS. In his extensive test, our chief reporter Alex Bloch simply classified it as the best electric car in the world – for reasons.

Review: The first record trip to Cassis

But with the presentation of the ready-to-drive development platform EQXX at the end of 2021, it was already clearer where the journey was going. A sensational drag coefficient of just 0.17 (EQS: 0.2, also a world record for production vehicles) should shoulder the main burden in terms of efficiency, and the design with the long rear overhang turned out accordingly. In this article, we presented all the technical highlights of the EQXX in detail back then, with which a team of Mercedes developers implemented the promise at the beginning of April and then invited us to a test drive.

All subordinate to efficiency

Before the record run, a deep bow is necessary. At a height of 1,350 millimeters, the EQXX crouches over the asphalt like a sports car, and getting in with the low roof edge requires an additional kink to avoid getting hit in the head. The record holder, with which a team of six drivers from the Stuttgart development laboratory had just traveled to the Côte d’Azur, subordinates everything to efficiency.

The mission for the Mission E world record: 1,000 kilometers in regular traffic without recharging from start to finish. Whereby, otherwise everyone can do that, no monster battery should inspire the journey, but a commercially sized power pack.