Tesla is usually confronted with lots of interesting and challenging measurements from competitors, especially in terms of range and speed. As the Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX achieved a great feat of over 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) driven on a single charge earlier this week, many may wonder if Tesla engineers are toiling around trying to get a new electric car with a range of 2,000 kilometers. I can assure you that they are not.
Mercedes-Benz’s results in its electric car program are not to be missed. While the luxury carmaker is working on developing and enhancing its EQ series, which will consist entirely and entirely of electric vehicles, Mercedes is definitely coming out with some pretty interesting and eye-catching records and strengths, especially given in its latest series. assessments and assessments of its semi-autonomous driving functionality. Its latest release from April 13th tells us the story of the VISION EQXX and how it drove 626 miles in total on a single charge.
“We did it! Drive through more than 1,000 kilometers with ease on a single battery charge and a consumption of only 8.7 kWh / 100 km (7.1 kWh per 62 miles) under real traffic conditions,” Ola Källenius, Charman of Board of Management for Mercedes-Benz Group AG, said. “The VISION EQXX is the most efficient Mercedes ever built. The technology program behind marks a milestone in the development of electric vehicles. It supports our strategic goal of ‘Lead in Electric’. ”
Traveling on a route through Germany and Italy, crossing the cities of Sindelfingen, the Gotthard Tunnel, Milan and Cassis, 11 hours and 32 minutes of driving time completed its 626-mile hike successfully with a single charge.
Many of those interested in electric vehicles might think, “This is just one more thing Tesla has been turned on.” “It’s only a matter of time before others do too.” “Tesla will not achieve this, they are stuck in the range of 400 miles.”
Tesla, as a company, is probably excited that other companies are performing these endurance races so they do not need it. If the car industry in 2022 was the same as it was in 2010: a gas engine dominated sector with relatively no electrical options, then Tesla might not care. But maybe not. The landscape of the EV industry has become so obsessed with these incredible metrics that many consumers forget that they do not need over 600 miles of range. How many petrol car drivers go to a dealer and think, “I would only buy a car if it gives me 620 miles of driving on a tank?”
CEO Elon Musk even recently stated that it is not necessarily a good thing to have “too much” range for electric vehicles.
“We could have made a 600-mile Model S 12 months ago, but that would have made the product worse imo, since you would carry unnecessary battery mass 99.9% of the time, making acceleration, handling and efficiency worse,” Musk said recently. “Even our 400+ miles range car is more than almost anyone would use.” ABC News says the average American only travels sixteen miles a day to work. U.S. census data even says that Americans only spend about 27.6 minutes driving to work one way.
Tesla has had this perspective for some time. “Mass is the enemy of both efficiency and performance, and minimizing the weight of each component is an ongoing goal of our design and engineering team,” reads a blog post announcing the 400-mile Model S in June 2020. . “Several lessons from the technical design and manufacture of the Model 3 and Model Y have now been transferred to the Model S and Model X. This has unlocked new areas of mass reduction, while maintaining the first-class feel and performance of both vehicles. Further weight savings have also been achieved through the standardization of Tesla’s internal seat production and lighter weight materials used in our battery packs and drives. “
While there is certainly no reason to knock on Mercedes-Benz’s performance, there needs to be a relative sense of what is ultimately appropriate in terms of EV range. Endurance races are completely legitimate and interesting ways to prove your battery and efficiency measurements, but it is not something that has been proven that electric car companies will look at along the way. The successful car manufacturers will focus on avoiding supply chain problems, increasing the production of the battery supply chain, becoming more vertically integrated and working to create price parity between electric cars and their gas counterparts.
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