As part of the LA Auto Show Design Challenge, Mercedes-Benz
has developed what it’s calling the Ener-G-Force concept, which gives us a preview at what a future G-Class model could look like.
The Ener-G-Force will make its debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show. Gorden Wagener, Director of Design at Mercedes-Benz Cars says, “The Ener-G-Force is the vision of an off-roader that, while reflecting tomorrow’s adventures, also invokes the genes of the Mercedes-Benz off-road icon, the G-Class. Modern and cool, it could also be a clue about a new beginning for the off-road design idiom of Mercedes-Benz”.
With this year’s design challenge calling for the ultimate law enforcement vehicle of 2025, Mercedes designers sketched that car, and the took it a step further with this civilian rendition of what the police machine could look like.
Using hydrogen fuel cells and a “hydro-tech converter” where “natural and renewable resources are converted into hydrogen for operating the fuel cells” the Ener-G-Force offers an emission free range of 500 miles an features independent electric motors in each wheel. A “Terra-Scan” topography scanner then scans the road ahead to determine spring and damper rates.
Be sure to check back for updates when AutoGuide heads to the 2012 LA Auto Show for live coverage of the event.