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Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX Keeps One-Upping Itself

After two impressively long jaunts of increasing distance, Mercedes-Benz's rolling EV test bed proves it's not done quite yet.

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Andrew Krok

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My drive in the Vision EQXX has a singular purpose: maximum efficiency.

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I have a 10-mile stretch of Mercedes-Benz's Immendingen test road ahead of me, and I must drive as efficiently as possible as I attempt to meet or beat the numbers set by Mercedes' own engineers.

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Some EV owners are content to leave regenerative braking on the highest setting and stay there, and while recuperation is a good way to boost efficiency, it can be a detriment when scrubbed speed needs to be replaced.

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The EQXX features three regenerative braking levels and a freewheeling mode, and the latter is key.

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On downhill segments, freewheeling builds speed that I use to stay throttle-free for longer stretches of time.

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When the speed limit drops, then it's smart to turn on the regeneration and scoop up a few of those electrons that would otherwise go unused.

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All the weight in the EQXX is situated nice and low in the body, so the car is surprisingly fun in turns.

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The low-rolling-resistance tires produce a decent amount of grip, which is nice, since they aren't exactly engineered with fun in mind. 

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Best of all, many of the improvements found on this car will soon work their way into Mercedes' production EVs.

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Keep scrolling to check out even more pictures of the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX!

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