Mercedes-Benz started off the new year with a dramatic declaration of its intentions in the electric vehicle segment.
The German automaker on Monday unveiled the Vision EQXX, a sleek, four-door electric sedan prototype that would set a new standard for EV range.
Company officials said the EQXX is able to travel more than 600 miles per charge.
What’s more, Mercedes said the car’s energy consumption is less than 10 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers.
A Tesla Model S 60, by contrast, consumes just more than 18 kWh per 100 kilometers, Reuters noted.
Mercedes plans to test-drive the prototype in coming months, and some of its components could be available in two to three years.
It’s unclear, however, when the unprecedented 600-mile range would be available in a passenger vehicle.
Mercedes-Benz plans to invest $45 billion in electric vehicle operations, including eight new battery plants, through 2030.