Karl Benz is widely regarded to have invented the first ever automobile back in 1885. Now, 134 years on; 140 years after the proliferation of electricity, and 40 since the first iteration of the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon model, the world has been promised a fully electric version of the iconic 4×4 off-roader.
Though this isn’t Mercedes’s first electric car, it’s extra-cool for a few reasons. It’s one thing to propel an incy-wincy smart car around on batteries, but the G-Wagon is a different class of beast entirely. These tanks weigh 3+ tonne and currently guzzle more than 13L of petrol for every 100km they travel.
The news broke last week thanks to Sascha Pallenberg, head of digital transformation at Daimler, who quoted his boss’ words in the tweet below:
#Daimler CEO Källenius: ”There will be a zero-emission #EV version of the #MercedesBenz G-Class. In the past there were discussions whether we should eliminate the model, the way I see things now I'd say the last Mercedes to be built will be a G-Class" #AMWKongress #eMobility pic.twitter.com/tAS6tzpR3Y
— Sascha (???) Pallenberg (@sascha_p) November 7, 2019
Electrifying a G-Wagon may feel blasphemous to some, but this actually won’t be the first time it’s happened. There is one electric G-Wagon on the roads and it’s owned by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. But, it isn’t a Mercedes-Benz creation; rather a conversion job carried out by Austrian company Kreisel Electric.
By 2022 there will be more than 10 different electric Mercedes-Benz models in the market.