Electric G-Class with new battery technology

Mercedes G-Class

The off-road vehicle, which is mainly found in the city and often made even more powerful and environmentally harmful by factory tuner AMG, is to be electrified with new battery technology.

(Photo: imago images/Stefan Zeitz)

Munich Hardly any model series from Mercedes-Benz polarizes like the G-Class. Fans of the 2.5-ton all-terrain vehicle love the timeless design and sublime driving experience. Opponents, meanwhile, see the model with a base price of 109,296 euros as an expensive polluter that emits 289 grams of climate-damaging carbon dioxide or more per kilometre.

The brand with the star wants to deny the critics with a fully electric version of the G-Class. As Stromer, the all-terrain vehicle is no longer a roaring, often factory-tuned gas guzzler, but roaring along the streets with potentially zero emissions from the middle of the decade. The latest battery technology is installed, promises Mercedes.

Specifically, high-performance silicon cells from US battery specialist Sila Nanotechnologies will be used in the electric G-Class for the first time, as the Stuttgart-based automaker announced on Tuesday. These batteries are characterized by an innovative anode material with a particularly high silicon content. Compared to currently commercially available cells, the new technology is expected to lead to 20-40% higher energy density.

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