Daimler CEO Ola Källenius confirmed plans for an electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class during a speech at the Automobilwoche Kongress in Berlin on Thursday, company spokesman Sascha Pallenberg revealed in a Twitter post which was revealed by motor authority
#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 (潘賞世) Pallenberg (@sascha_p) November 7, 2019
A post from Autoblog said that Electrifying the G will be easier said than done. At nearly 5,500 pounds, the current truck is one of the heaviest cars available new, and powering it with electricity will bump that figure closer to 6,000 pounds. Moving such a heavy vehicle quickly while giving it an acceptable driving range will require using a huge battery, which will in turn add weight; it’s a catch-22. Escaping it will entail putting the G on a diet, and using lighter battery technology. In other words, don’t expect to see it in early 2020.
It’s most likely that we’ll see a plug-in-hybrid G-Wagen before we see an all-electric version. But when the electric version arrives, likely sometime around 2022, we can expect that it’ll be called the EQG. After all, Mercedes’ current electric SUV is called the EQC, and we’ve seen spy photos of the electric S-Class that’s likely to be called EQS.
Interestingly, Källenius also revealed during his speech in Berlin that Mercedes had consided discontinuing the G-Class at one point. Fortunately, the automaker has come to its senses and, at least during Källenius’ watch, the iconic SUV is safe for the foreseeable future.