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Top Gear test drive Mercedes electric car from Edinburgh Castle to London in one charge

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

The Mercedes-Benz EQS was recently released and its huge battery pack was the major feature, so Top Gear decided to put it to the test, in their inimitable style.

Their host Ollie Kew was tasked with travelling 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 travel the 400 mile distance with just one charge but Ollie Kew insisted he would be travelling at normal highway speeds and not strictly adhering to the speed limit.

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He travelled up to the capital city and started his journey on the Royal Mile, at Lawnmarket.

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Top Gear wanted to test the battery capability

As he snakes through the streets of Edinburgh Kew encounters an early problem and informs the audience that the car is currently telling him he only has just over 350 miles worth of power.

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

Once he gets onto the motorway and begins the journey down south he quips that he hoped driving along a straight road will help the car’s expected mileage expectancy, and get him to London.

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The journey was filmed starting at Edinburgh Castle

He settled down and discussed the rest of the car’s features as he made the smooth journey down south.

However, he just fell short and gave up when the car’s alarms were sounding all over the vehicle.

He abandoned the challenge and made his way to the nearest electrical charging point.

Standing by the Mercedes just outside London, Kew said: “We didn’t quite make it.

“We gave it a really good go, got down to two per cent battery remaining, with eight miles left, and every single warning was coming on the dashboard.

“But with 25 miles left still to run to our intended destination in central London it probably wasn’t safe to give it a go.”

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