Tesla normally faces a lot of interesting and challenging metrics from its competitors, especially in terms of range and speed. With the Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX achieving a major feat of over 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) traveled on a single charge earlier this week, many may wonder if Tesla engineers are scrambling to try and create a new electric vehicle. with 2,000 kilometers of range. I can assure you they are not.
Mercedes-Benz’s achievements in its electric vehicle program should not be overlooked. As the luxury automaker works to develop and ramp up its EQ lineup, which will be made up of fully and partially electric vehicles, Mercedes is definitely pulling out some pretty interesting and eye-catching records and strengths, particularly indicated in its latest range. ratings and reviews of its semi-autonomous driving functionality. Its most recent release on April 13 tells us the story of the VISION EQXX and how it traveled 626 total miles on one charge.
“We did it! Easily cover more than 1,000 kilometers on a single battery charge and consume only 8.7 kWh/100 km (7.1 kWh for 62 miles) in real traffic conditions,” Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Management Board of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, said, “The VISION EQXX is the most efficient Mercedes ever built. The technology program behind it marks a milestone in the development of electric vehicles. This underpins our strategic objective of “Lead in Electric”.
Traveling on a route through Germany and Italy, passing through the towns of Sindelfingen, the Gotthard Tunnel, Milan and Cassis, 11 hours and 32 minutes of driving successfully completed his 626-mile trek with a single charge.
Many who are interested in electric vehicles may think, “That’s just another thing that Tesla got beat up on.” “It’s only a matter of time before others do too.” “Tesla won’t make it, they’re stuck in the 400 mile range threshold.”
Tesla, as a company, is probably happy that other companies are doing these endurance-type races so they don’t have to. If the auto industry in 2022 was the same as it was in 2010: a sector dominated by gasoline engines with relatively few electric options, then sure, maybe Tesla would care. But maybe not. The EV industry landscape has become so obsessed with these incredible metrics that many consumers forget they won’t need more than 600 miles of range. How many gas-powered car drivers walk into a dealership thinking, “I’m only going to buy a car if they offer me 620 miles of driving with one tank?”
CEO Elon Musk even said recently that having “too much” range is not necessarily a good thing for electric vehicles.
“We could have made a 600 mile Model S 12 months ago but that would have made the product worse imo because 99.9% of the time you would be carrying unnecessary battery mass making acceleration, handling and efficiency worse,” Musk said recently. “Even our 400+ mile car is more than almost anyone will use.” ABC News says the average American only drives six miles a day for work. US Census data even indicates that Americans only spend about 27.6 minutes by car to get to work one way.
Tesla held that perspective for a while. “Mass is the enemy of both efficiency and performance, and minimizing the weight of every component is an ongoing goal for our design and engineering teams,” he said in an article. blog post announcing the 400-mile Model S in June 2020. “Many lessons from the engineering design and manufacturing 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 premium feel and performance of both vehicles.Additional weight savings have also been achieved through the standardization of Tesla’s in-house seat manufacturing and lighter materials used in our batteries and our drive units.
While there’s certainly no reason to highlight Mercedes-Benz’s achievements, there must be some relative sense of what’s ultimately appropriate in terms of the EV lineup. Endurance races are completely legitimate and interesting ways to prove your battery and efficiency metrics, but they’re not something proven EV companies will look into later. Successful automakers will strive to avoid supply chain issues, accelerate battery supply chain manufacturing, become more vertically integrated and work to create price parity between vehicles electric and their gasoline counterparts.
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