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Mercedes-Benz Unveils Fuel Cell-Powered Ener-G-Force Vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Posted By Marc Carter On December 3, 2012 @ 5:35 pm In automotive,Electric Cars,Green Transportation,News | No Comments

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Mercedes-Benz [1] just debuted its latest concept vehicle – the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force – at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show [2]. At first glance the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force looks like an oversized SUV, which brings up memories of the now extinct Hummer [3] vehicles – but what lies under the hood is a green fuel cell [4] power train that only emits water. According to Mercedes-Benz, the concept is a design study that demonstrates how the genes of the classic G-Class [5] from 1979 may still assert themselves far into the future.

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“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 [5]. Modern and cool, it could also be a clue about a new beginning for the off-road design idiom of Mercedes-Benz,” stated Gorden Wagener, Director of Design at Mercedes-Benz [1] Cars.

The Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept was created for the Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012 [6], which called upon designers to envision the perfect Highway Patrol Vehicle for 2025. The notion of designing tomorrow’s off-roader intrigued the designers at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad, California to such an extent that they evolved the police version into a civilian version and even built a 1:1-scale model.

The Ener G-Force Concept draws many styling cues from the iconic G-Class, but under the hood is a futuristic power train. The Ener-G-Force stores recycled water in tanks on the roof, and transfers it to the “hydro-tech converter,” where natural and renewable resources are converted into hydrogen [7] for operating the fuel cells [8]. The Ener-G-Force emits nothing but water and has an operating range of about 500 miles. Four wheel-hub motors provide the pulling power, and side skirts house energy storage units or hot-swappable battery packs. Changes in the color of the illumination of the side skirts indicate the operating and charge status of the energy packs.

+ Mercedes-Benz [1]


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[1] Mercedes-Benz: http://www.mbusa.com

[2] 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=2012+los+angeles+auto+show

[3] Hummer: http://inhabitat.com/nation-es-electric-hummer-h1-offers-disaster-relief/

[4] fuel cell: http://inhabitat.com/tag/fuel-cell/

[5] G-Class: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/vehicles/class/class-G

[6] Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012: http://www.laautoshow.com/DesignChallenge

[7] hydrogen: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=hydrogen

[8] fuel cells: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=fuel+cells

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