Mecedes-Benz build an electric car than can travel 620 miles on one charge. That’s Southampton to Inverness. A game changer.
My partner has an all-electric car while I have a hybrid (basically a petrol motor with decent PR).
So when we have long journeys what do we do? Use the petrol of course as I do not want to be spending my time a) Worrying about running out of power in a country lane just south of Mansfield. b) Worrying about finding a charger that is working.
Range anxiety is the biggest mental health issue facing the electric car owner today.
Well, according to Mercedes-Benz that moment has gone. They have developed a new battery which has travelled from Southampton to Inverness on one charge. That is 620 miles without a top up. Remarkable and if true a complete game changer.
This is three times the average range of electric cars and 200 miles more than the best-selling Tesla Model S.
The Vision EQXX prototype will form the basis of a new car to go on sale in 2024. The commercial model, according to The Times, is unlikely to have the full range of the concept car but will use the same technology to enable much longer distances than is available now.
The prototype’s interior is also distinctive. It features vegan silk and faux leather made from mushrooms, as well as a giant touchscreen that spans the entire dashboard. The car’s shape has been designed to be more aerodynamic ‘’than a football.’’
The car uses a newly-designed motor and a bespoke lithium ion battery. There are also thin solar panels on the roof.
China may be one step ahead of the Germans. They announced in November that the Guangzhou Automobile Group said its new Aion L Plus could do 621 miles on one charge.
It goes on sale this month.
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