In a significant development, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its battery-powered VISION EQXX prototype which it says has a range of more than 1,000 kilometres (km) per charge.
Last year, Mercedes-Benz had announced plans to invest more than $45 billion (40 billion euros) by 2030 to take on Tesla in the all-electric car market, saying it also intends to build eight battery plants.
It had also said, from 2025, all of its new vehicle platforms will make only EVs.
“The VISION EQXX, dubbed the most-efficient Mercedes-Benz ever built, will have energy consumption of less than 10 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 km,” said Daimler, which will soon be rebranded as Mercedes-Benz.
According to data on Tesla’s website, the Model S currently consumes 18.1 kWh over the same distance.
“The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX is how we imagine the future of electric cars,” said Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Kaellenius.
“Daimler will test-drive the prototype before the middle of the year on various types of terrain,” said Markus Schaefer, Daimler’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
He went on to add, “Some components of the prototype would be available in Mercedes-Benz vehicles within two to three years”. He however declined comment on when the 1,000 km-range battery would be market-ready.
“We will likely be the first to show a 1,000 km-range car in real life, with such a small battery,” said Schaefer.
“When such a vehicle would go on sale is a “market decision” to be determined once the carmaker had established how much range customers expected and what they would be willing to pay,” he said.
The VISION EQXX prototype, built within 18 months, “puts an end to range anxiety,” said Mercedes-Benz in reference to a key obstacle for why EVs are seeing some headwinds for a broader market acceptance.
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