Mercedes announces electric G-Class

Date:11 November 2019 Author: Imogen Searra Tags:,

The German automobile giant that is Mercedes, has seen the proverbial ‘green’ light. The luxury car manufacturer has announced that the formidable G-Class will be receiving an electric upgrade.

Mercedes has pledged to add over 10 electric vehicles to it’s roster by 2020. The G-Class addition will be battery operated, leaving zero-emissions.

During a speech at the Automobilwoche Kongress, the new boss of Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler, Ola Källenius said “there will be a zero-emission EV version of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

While not much detail was revealed regarding when the vehicle will be ready. The car’s power and target market are also some unanswered questions at this point.

There is speculation surrounding whether the new, battery-powered G-Class will be sold instead of it’s petrol and diesel-powered counterparts but it is most likely going to be sold alongside them.

A point of concern surrounding the new G-Class is the weight of the vehicle. According to Autoblog the almost 2-and-a-half ton (5,500 pounds) vehicle is one of the heaviest cars available. “Powering it with electricity will bump that figure closer to 2,722 kgs (6,000 pounds).

“Moving such a heavy vehicle quickly while giving it an acceptable driving range will require using a huge battery, which will in turn add weight; it’s a catch-22.”


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