The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept was designed from the ground up to be the “most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever built,” and a little over a year ago, it managed to drive nearly 750 miles on a single charge. That’s the kind of range that puts pretty much every other electric vehicle to shame, but a team of German engineering students just drove an EV they built more than twice as far on a single charge. That’s an accomplishment they claim makes it the longest-range electric car in the world.
Students at the Technical University of Munich who are part of the TUfast Eco team had been working on a vehicle they call the “muc022" to make it even more efficient than it already was. But instead of adding a big battery, they went for lightness. Without a driver, the car weighs a mere 374 pounds and has a 15.5-kWh battery. The motor, on the other hand, makes a mere 400 watts, which works out to about 0.5 hp. But with a drag coefficient of 0.159 and so little weight, it doesn’t need much power to get moving.
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