RE: Electric Mercedes G-Class confirmed

RE: Electric Mercedes G-Class confirmed

Friday 8th November

Electric Mercedes G-Class confirmed

EV G-Wagen ought to provide a stark contrast to AMG's 18mpg G63...



Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Kallenius has confirmed that an all-electric version of the G-Class is being developed, meaning the G-Wagen line-up will include everything from an 18mpg (if you're lucky) AMG 63 to a tailpipe-free EQ variant. The idea of an EV G-Class might seem counter intuitive given the boxy model's reputation for the 'traditional' approach to SUV building, but it does emphasise just how far-reaching Merc's electrification efforts are set to become if a car famed for its thirst is not expected to escape the change.

Kallenius, who announced the EQ G-Class at Berlin's Automobile Congress event, refrained from providing any further details, but it seems likely the model will share electric hardware with the EQC SUV, which is at least similar in size. That car uses an 80kWh battery-powered twin motor powertrain offering 408hp and a WTLP-rated 259 miles of range, numbers that seem perfectly adequate for an EV G-Class, even if its square face might hamper that latter figure a fair bit.


Interestingly, Mercedes will not be the first to produce an EV version of the present G-Class. That title falls to Austrian firm Kreisel, which makes a twin-motor 80kWh, 460hp G-Class and claims no negative impacts on the G-Wagen's on and off-road abilities. Arnold Schwarzenegger owns one of these 2.6-tonne Kreisels and has openly promoted its abilities in public. Although something tells us Mercedes's EQ engineers will be tasked with ensuring their in-house version moves the game forward quite substantially, for obvious reasons.

We've no clue yet as to when the EV G-Class will reach showrooms, but with Mercedes having set itself the target of producing one electric model for every 10 it makes by 2022, the EQ G is probably less than two years away. If you can't wait until then, there's always Bollinger's all-electric (and even more retro-looking) 1 SUV...


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PistonBroker

Original Poster:

1,808 posts

173 months

Friday 8th November
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Like it!

I wasn't aware one already existed. Will go and look at that now.

As much as I'd love a G63, there's no escaping the fact it will become more difficult to own one going forward with any good conscience. An EV one would be very cool.

blearyeyedboy

4,934 posts

126 months

Friday 8th November
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  • Maximum torque at zero speed.
  • Individualised torque to each wheel.
  • Articulation may not be limited by drivetrain components.
  • Range may need to be sufficient rather than hundreds of miles.
  • Worries that a fuel tank won't work at an angle (unless very full or baffled) become irrelevant.
There could be a lot to commend an EV off roader, in spite of the challenges. I'll be watching with interest.

leglessAlex

3,292 posts

88 months

Friday 8th November
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Practically designed to by driven by rich brats in city centers that have banned diesel and high emission petrols....



.... and yet I don't care at all. Huge, huge want.

Evilex

483 posts

51 months

Saturday 9th November
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blearyeyedboy said:
*Maximum torque at zero speed.
  • Individualised torque to each wheel.
  • Articulation may not be limited by drivetrain components.
  • Range may need to be sufficient rather than hundreds of miles.
  • Worries that a fuel tank won't work at an angle (unless very full or baffled) become irrelevant.
There could be a lot to commend an EV off roader, in spite of the challenges. I'll be watching with interest.
And it'll work underwater if fully and correctly waterproofed...

blearyeyedboy

4,934 posts

126 months

Saturday 9th November
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Evilex said:
And it'll work underwater if fully and correctly waterproofed...
There are interesting articles on surprisingly good wading depths of Nissan Leafs (Leaves?). Wouldn't require much over and above that.