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Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept Is the Green Off-Roading Law Enforcement Vehicle of the Future

11/16/2012
Automakers participating in the Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012 have been asked to develop law enforcement solutions for a future society driving on more congested roads, riding in electronically monitored and guided vehicles, and spending more time in the great outdoors pursuing leisure activities--and to do it in the most environmentally friendly manner possible. The LADC 2012 asks automakers, then, what could you build that could go anywhere at any time while consuming alternative energy?

The Ener-G-Force Concept is the Mercedes-Benz response to the "Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025"challenge, a design study to be displayed at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Inspired by the rugged G-Class SUV, the Ener-G-Force Concept explores a solution that would work for police and emergency response services anywhere in the world.

Gorden Wagener, Director of Design at Mercedes-Benz Cars, considers the possibilities: "The Ener-G-Force is the vision of an off-roader that, while reflecting tomorrow's adventures, also invokes the genes of the Mercedes-Benz off-road icon, the G-Class. Modern and cool, it could also be a clue about a new beginning for the off-road design idiom of Mercedes-Benz."

Mercedes characterizes the Ener-G-Force as "pure, rendered science fiction." Nevertheless, it is an exploration showing what a future Mercedes-Benz SUV could look like, and how one could be powered.

The Ener-G-Force Concept is a fuel-cell vehicle that burns hydrogen and emits nothing but water vapor from its exhaust outlet. Tanks designed to carry recycled water are mounted to its roof, and Mercedes says the idea is to transfer the recycled water to a "hydro-tech" converter, where it, along with other renewable resources, are converted into hydrogen to power the fuel cells, which in turn generate electricity to power all four of the Ener-G-Force Concept's wheels via individual wheel-hub motors located at each corner of the SUV. Mercedes claims that such a powertrain could provide 500 miles of clean, green range.

Electricity is stored in "hot-swappable" battery packs located in the Ener-G-Force Concept's side skirts, which change color depending on the state of battery charge. A "TerraScan" 360-degree topography scanner is designed to read the landscape and automatically adjust the suspension settings for traversing the topography around the vehicle.

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