A glance at the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept will instantaneously set of your internal “want that” sirens but sadly, it’s not going to happen – there are no plans for production of this dynamite utility vehicle.
This vehicle was built as an entrant for the Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012 and created to function as a highway patrol vehicle in 2025. Its chunky, larger than life and it sure as hell means business. The styling cues have naturally, been derived from the Mercedes-Benz G-Class which is a luxurious off road gem. Aesthetic implications aside, the beauty that resides within this beast is, it’s extremely environmentally friendly so if you are of the hippy variety, even you can drive one of these bad boys because it doesn’t emit harmful gaseous emissions.
By making use of a clever hydro-tech converter, water is converted into hydrogen (for its fuel cell power)and the only emissions that are set off, is water vapour. The water is stored in tanks that sit on the roof. With an operating range of 500 miles, this vehicle certainly has the right sort of endurance. It also has four wheel-hub motors that have an output adapted to each wheel via high performance electronics. A “Terra-Scan” 360-degree topography scanner on the roof craftily gauges its environment and according to what it detects, it makes the required adjustments of the spring and damping rates and other suspension parameters to render maximum traction on the on or off-road surface.
It radiates ruggedness and a jagged edge and is about as green savvy as they come. As this is a vehicle that emits nothing else but water vapour, it will probably coax many folk to wonder if it is a textbook case of building castles in the sky. Whether or not it comes to fruition… only time will tell but we do know that Al Gore and Captain Planet will definitely give it the nod.