The Mercedes-Benz G-Class It is one of those beasts that until just under a year ago only offered G 500 versions (with a combined consumption of 11.1 liters) and G 63 AMG gasoline. It took until the end of 2018 to access a more efficient diesel engine, but even so, in the current scenario of emissions targets, it is a jeopardized off-road.
However, a tweet posted by Daimler’s head of digital transformation, Sascha Pallenberg, assures that CEO Ola Källenius has confirmed that there will be a 100% electric version of the iconic G-Class.
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Källenius’s statements during an automotive congress in Berlin show that there were times when the future of the G-Class was compromised. And it has CO₂ emissions of up to 304 grams per km in the most powerful AMG version.
But now electrification is a breath of fresh air for the off-roader in the next update, which could carry the EQ insignia.
#Daimler CEO Källenius: ”There will be a zero-emission #EV version of the #MercedesBenz G-Class. In the past there were discussions whether we should eliminate the model, the way I see things now I’d say the last Mercedes to be built will be a G-Class” #AMWKongress #eMobility pic.twitter.com/tAS6tzpR3Y
— Sascha Pallenberg 潘赏世 (@sascha_p) November 7, 2019
In 2017, Arnold Schwarzenegger (then Governor of California) took the initiative to be the first to drive an electric G-Class.
It was converted by the Austrian start-up Kreisel Electric, which took advantage of the actor’s love for SUVs (remember that he was the promoter of the Hummer H1 in 1992) and the G-Class to transform in two months a G 350d to a vehicle powered by batteries.
Due to the compact design of the Kreisel battery system, it was possible to install two battery packs under its hood with a total capacity of 80 kWh, for a range of around 300 km. The new battery technology also promised extremely fast charging with up to 150 kW of power.
A year later, taking advantage of his invitation to the presentation of the new G-Class, Schwarzenegger then approached Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche to ask when the SUV would stop running on fossil fuels and go electric.
Zetsche responded by referencing the automaker’s promise last year that it would eventually electrify its entire line. “Stay tuned,” Zetsche told the movie star.
We will be, without a doubt, especially to discover how they will solve the problem of add batteries to the already heavy model.
Meanwhile, we are left with the commitment announced by Mercedes-Benz in terms of electrification: 10 billion euros in the development of the successful EQ sub-brand; more than 10 different electric vehicles by 2022 and the option of at least one electric alternative in each Mercedes-Benz model series, for a total of 50.
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