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Mercedes has unveiled an electric car that it claims can travel more than 1,000km on a single charge, in an attempt to convince customers that a lack of charging infrastructure need not be a barrier to buying a battery-powered vehicle. The range, which far exceeded the industry average of about 300km, was calculated using internal digital simulations of real-life traffic conditions.
However, the German manufacturer said a road-legal version of the Vision EQXX, which will be shown off in the spring, will be capable of covering almost double the distance of a fully charged Tesla Model S. The car’s “toolbox”, which was developed with the help of Mercedes’ champion Formula One and Formula E teams, will be used in a compact model similar to the A Class, the Stuttgart-based automaker added.
The vehicle will be available from 2024 or 2025, but will probably not have the full range of the prototype. Instead, it will utilise the density of the battery in the EQXX and solar roofs to make a more efficient and lightweight car.