Mercedes-Benz Announces Electric G-Class

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
mercedes benz announces electric g class

Sascha Pallenberg, Daimler’s Head of “Digital Transformation,” shared a quote from CEO Ola Källenius issued at this year’s Automobilwoche Kongress, saying Mercedes-Benz is planning to manufacture an electric G-Class.

“There will be a zero-emission EV version of the Mercedes-Benz 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,” Källenius said.

Using current battery technologies, this seems idiotic. The G-Class already outweighs pretty much every EV on the market this author can think of and it’s only going to get heavier once it’s lugging around a gigantic battery pack. The lightest G-Wagon tips the scales at 5,550 pounds. Another thousand wouldn’t be out of the question if Daimler expects it to have a truly competitive range. The model is just too heavy and has the aerodynamics of an open parachute.

But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. The G’s clientele often have more money than sense and zero-emission vehicles are pretty in with the Hollywood crowd these days. Maybe this will become the next Toyota Prius. Just don’t point out that a three-ton electric isn’t likely to be the most energy-efficient vehicle unless you’re ready for an argument with someone above your pay grade.

However, that presumes the GE-Class… EQG-Wagen (?) … whatever they call it, will be a production vehicle. We could just as easily see Mercedes using it as a way to showcase MB’s newest technologies at trade events. Alternatively, the manufacturer could make it hydrogen powered and sell it in isolated areas as a compliance model. Källenius never specified anything other than it being a zero-emission vehicle.

Due to the preliminary nature of this announcement, we figure the EV is likely in the very earliest stages of development. Don’t expect to see an electric G-Class ready for purchase for at least a couple of years. Also, don’t assume Mercedes-Benz will take an axe to the gas-powered version. Going all-electric (or hydrogen) is a huge gamble for the model, and Daimler will want to hedge its bets.

CEO Källenius: ”There will be a zero-emission version of the 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"

— Sascha Pallenberg 潘賞世 (@sascha_p) November 7, 2019

[Image: Daimler AG]

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  • Lockstops Lockstops on Nov 10, 2019

    It bothers me no end that it's considered ok to call EVs 'zero-emission'. That's 100% a straight-up lie. This one is not only clearly not 'zero-emission', but how much will it weigh, 3 tons?

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    • Sigivald Sigivald on Nov 11, 2019

      "Zero operating emissions if you squint just right and believe the marketing your power company is selling you about 'clean power' upcharges!" (Could get to realistic zero operating emissions with a national push for nuclear power, but hippies will never let THAT happen!)

  • IBx1 IBx1 on Nov 11, 2019

    You're missing the point; there are a few city centers in the world where non-hybrid cars are banned from entering, and those city centers happen to be places where you go to be seen. The G-Wagen clientele cannot be seen without their rig, so an electric G would allow them to cruise right on in with a side bonus of virtue signaling.

    • Sigivald Sigivald on Nov 11, 2019

      A minimal-compliance "hybrid" system would be cheaper and easier. But, well, yeah, the target market doesn't care. (If I had FU money I'd totally get a G-class and outfit it as an expedition rig and use it. But I am definitely not the target market.)

  • Tassos 25 years old, 200k miles, $12,000 devalued worthless Biden Dollars?Hard pass.
  • GrumpyOldMan Lost me at the last word of the second paragraph.
  • Bobbysirhan I suppose this explains why almost everything that makes a GM product function has been Chinese for several years now.
  • Kevin 35 grand if a 2 door but not a 4 door!
  • Kevin 35 grand USD for a 57 wagon that still needs lots of work such as spindles body work and what ever else maybe 25 but 35 no thanks I'll stick with what I have. Floor pans replaced and whatever else my 68 chevelle I paid $4800.00 USD 20 years ago and is all original.