I know, I know. I know exactly what you’re thinking. The G-Class should be the last one on this planet to go electric, if going electric becomes mandatory. But, the fact is, the G-Class is not just the V8 biturbo-powered G 63 with side exhausts, there are also a couple of diesel-powered variants. Which means, there’ll also be buyers for a G-Class powered by electrons.
The all-electric G-Class might be known as EQG. The ‘EQ’ is, of course, Mercedes’ branding for electrified cars, with the current BEV lineup including EQC and EQA, which will soon be joined by the EQS and many more. Daimler has filed a trademark application for words ‘EQG 560’ and ‘EQG 580’ at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) recently, suggesting that an electric G-Class is also on the papers.
It shouldn’t come as a complete surprise as Daimler had hinted at something like this almost a decade ago. Well, not an electric G-Class, but a concept called Ener-G-Force, which was created in response to Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012 for a future highway patrol (police) car. The Ener-G-Force is driven by four wheel-hub motors powered by electricity generated by fuel cells. The roof of the vehicle has tanks to store recycled water which will be converted into hydrogen to feed the fuel cells.
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