Of all the EVs covered here, the Mercedes EQXX could be the best looking. With one continuous line from the front fender through the rear tail lights, it’s as sleek as they come, and with the electric technology to boot. A drag coefficient of .17 and 626 miles of range should be enough to entice even the most adamant ICE purists, right?
Executive Editor Tom Murphy went to Germany to find out, writing, “Perhaps most remarkable about this EQXX experiment is that the car isn’t running on next-generation supercapacitors or solid-state batteries but instead on an optimized lithium-ion architecture rated at 920 volts.” Indeed, the drivetrain of the EQXX is fascinating, with its 100-kWh battery pack generating 241 hp and running at 7.5 miles on each kWh of electricity during one test.
After logging a test run of 747 miles straight across Europe, the team at Mercedes seems focused on making an EV that is, well, not boring. The look is certainly there, as is a more prudent approach to the range and weight savings, thanks to its F1-developed drivetrain and chassis as well as the no-costs-cut exterior design. Ultimately, it’ll come down to how much all this technology would cost real consumers. Until then, we’ll keep staring at the EQXX.