Top Gear test drives a Mercedes electric car from Edinburgh Castle to London on a single charge

Top Gear decided to test a new Mercedes electric car and see if its battery could last 400 miles from Edinburgh to London at once.

The Mercedes-Benz EQS was recently released and its huge battery pack was the main feature, so Top Gear decided to try it in their incomparable style.

Their host Ollie Kew was commissioned to travel the 400 miles (644 km) from Edinburgh Castle in Scotland to Buckingham Palace in London, England.

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Previous tests in America showed that the new Mercedes-Benz has managed to cover the 400 miles with just one charge, but Ollie Kew insisted that he would drive at normal highway speeds and not strictly adhere to the speed limit.

He traveled up to the capital and started his journey on the Royal Mile at Lawnmarket.

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Top Gear wanted to test the battery capacity

As he snakes his way through the streets of Edinburgh, Kew encounters an early problem and informs the audience that the car is currently telling him that he is only worth a little over 350 miles.

He showed off the car’s many environmentally efficient features, including paddles behind the wheel that serve to recover energy.

As soon as he gets out on the motorway and starts the trip south, he states that he hoped that driving on a straight road would help the car’s expected mileage and get him to London.

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The journey was filmed from Edinburgh Castle

He sat down and discussed the rest of the car’s features while making the smooth journey south.

However, he just fell short and gave up when the car alarms sounded all over the vehicle.

He gave up the challenge and headed to the nearest electric charging point.

Standing by the Mercedes just outside London, Kew said: “We did not quite make it.

“We gave it a really good chance, came down to two percent back of the battery, with eight miles left, and every single warning came on the dashboard.

“But with 25 miles left to run to our planned destination in central London, it was probably not safe to give it a try.”


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