Mercedes-Benz has broken its own record by taking on a challenging 1,202 km summer road trip from Stuttgart (Germany) to Silverstone (UK) on a single charge. Just a few months ago, Mercedes-Benz, with its VISION EQXX concept, created history by travelling 1008 km to Côte d’Azur from Sindelfingen across the Swiss Alps and Northern Italy. This time they pushed the envelope further by accomplishing a 1,202-kilometre road trip from Stuttgart to Silverstone in the UK. This record marks a new benchmark in the journey of EV evolution. Mercedes-Benz motorsport division has played a significant role in carrying out this mission.
During the first record-break run, Mercedes extracted an efficiency of 8.7 kWh/100 km, with 140 kilometres of range remaining at the end of the mission. Mercedes-Benz pulled up this mission with an even better efficiency of 8.3kWh/100 km. The mighty EV concept covered a total 1202km of distance in 14 hours and 30 minutes at an average speed of 83km/h. The VISION EQXX’s long-distance road-trip provides necessary data to the experts for further R&D that can strengthen the case for technological advancement in EVs .The VISION EQXX was driven up to the top speed of 140km/h at a British race track by Mercedes-EQ Formula-E racing driver Nyck de Vries, who scored four Formula-E wins in the last two seasons.
On completion of the record-breaking journey, Markus Schafer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Chief Technology Officer responsible for Development and Procurement, says,” As Mercedes-Benz strives to go all-electric by 2030 wherever market conditions allow, it is important to show to the world what can be achieved in real terms through a combination of cutting-edge technology, teamwork and determination.”
The VISION EQXX’s TMS (thermal management system) easily managed to tackle summer temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius, that too in an increased traffic density around Stuttgart and in the southeast of England.Mercedes-Benz claims that they have carefully engineered the interaction of aero-shutters,coolant valves, and pumps to ensure the electric drive unit maintains the most efficient temperature balance at a minimum energy cost. The on-demand cooling system took it all in its stride with no significant impact on range. Note-During the 14 hours and 30 minutes of driving, the air conditioning was operational for just over eight hours.
“Completing the journey from Stuttgart to Silverstone on a single charge with even greater efficiency really evidences some great progress in accelerating the technologies underpinning our electrification strategy. The contribution made over the years by motorsports at Mercedes-Benz is significant, and it makes us very proud“, says HPP’s Advanced Technology Director Adam Allsopp, who drove the final leg of the drive at the iconic Silverstone F1 track.