In a statement the Chief Technology Officer of Mercedes-Benz said, the company aims to produce electric cars consuming as little as 10 kilowatt hours of energy per 100 km (62 miles); this is more than a third more efficient than the current average for electric cars.
Mercedes-Benz’s CTO Markus Schaefer made the remarks even as the carmaker celebrated the successful test drive of its EQXX prototype vehicle which was driven from Sindelfingen in Germany to the Cote d’Azur, a distance of more than 1,000 km on a single charge.
“Efficient design was key to maximising an electric car’s range”, said Schaefer.
He went on to add, “First we optimise efficiency, and then we can see how many battery modules we put in the car”.
“Customers should be able to decide the size of the battery they want based on their needs.”
Carmakers, including Mercedes-Benz and Tesla are racing to dispel consumer anxiety over the lack of widespread charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz’s Vision EQXX prototype, boasts a 1,000 km-range with a battery half the volume of its flagship EQS model; it unveiled the prototype in January 2022, promising that some of the car’s components would make their way into series vehicles in 2-3 years time
The Vision EQXX prototype spent 8.7 kilowatt hours of energy per 100 km on its 11-and-a-half hour drive from Germany to France, said Mercedes-Benz; thi is around twice as efficient as Tesla’s Model S 60, and other Mercedes models on the market.
“There’ll be a further increase for some time before a fall, which will happen once charging infrastructure is as available as petrol stations,” said Schaefer while declining to specify the target mile range Mercedes was pursuing for future models.