Mercedes G Wagon set to go electric
There’s no denying electrified vehicles are rapidly growing in popularity with models such as the Porsche Taycan astonishing road testers with its performance, and Tesla cars wowing users with their wide array of tech. The downside to this is that manufacturers that aren’t careful will fall by the wayside if they don’t electrify their own models to keep up.
Until now, the Mercedes G Wagon was one of those models that was looking likely for extinction. However, Daimler CEO, Ola Kallenius has come straight out and said that there’s no chance of the four-wheel-drive icon disappearing any time soon – or any time at all.
The motoring giant’s Head of Digital Transformation has recently tweeted a quote from Kallenius confirming that “There will be a zero-emission EV version of the Mercedes G-Class.”
Not only is the G Wagon long from gone, Kallenius even thinks the last car his company will make will be a G-Class. That’s quite an extreme U-turn from almost ending production of the SUV to committing so far into the future that he expects the car to outlast the company.
Those with superb memory may remember that Mercedes’ own electric G-Class will not be the first. In fact, over two years ago, Hollywood actor come Californian senator, Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled his very own electric G Wagon. The project was undertaken by Austrian engineering company, Kreisel that has now expanded to creating all-electric Golfs, Hummers and even a Porsche 910.
If you think about it, the G Wagon is the ultimate model to transform into an electric SUV. The car itself is already extremely popular amongst the more elite, especially along the West Coast of America. Fuse that popularity with California’s love of seeming environmentally friendly and Mercedes is sure to reap the rewards.
So far, there’s no more information about the all-electric SUV than the fact that there will be one. However, Mercedes has said that it’s committed to launching ten all-electric models before the end of 2022. So, I would guess that the car itself with be unveiled at some point towards the end of next year with a release in 2021. In fact, the popularity of SUVs should mean the first electric models to be launched will be of that body shape.