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Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept

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On: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 10:17AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept

Mercedes didn't take home the trophy at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge, but it did have arguably the most interesting entry. And unlike competitors that created only renderings, Mercedes built a life-sized model. Mercedes tackled the assignment of creating a highway patrol vehicle for the year 2025 by building a mean, green off-roader. The Ener-G-Force is essentially the G-Class of the future outfitted for all-terrain dominance.

Mercedes believes that the population will not only grow, but expand outward to more distant reaches of the globe. It feels that younger generations will continue to look for leisure and adventure in outdoor spaces, requiring law enforcement to be prepared to access remote locations. The Ener-G-Force is designed to address those changing duties.

While the Ener-G-Force began as a law enforcement design, Mercedes was inspired enough about designing a next-generation G-Class that it built a model of the retail version. The off-roader rides high on large wheels and stays one step ahead of changing terrain by employing a 360-degree "Terra Scan" topography monitoring system that automatically adjusts suspension for the ground ahead. Other interesting elements of the concept include a pull-out toolbox in back and LED headlamps that light up in the form of Gs.

The fuel cell system that Mercedes foresees as the basis of the Ener-G-Force is purely conceptual, but it is interesting to think about. The concept uses roof-mounted water tanks and a "hydro-tech converter" to create hydrogen for use in the fuel-cell-based powertrain. Mercedes claims this could push 500 miles of driving out of the four hub motors while emitting nothing but water vapor.

In highway patrol tune, the Ener-G-Force includes roof-mounted red and blues (no word on how those lights might interfere with the water tanks or Terra Scan).

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