Arnold Schwarzenegger commissions all-electric Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen


The Mercedes-Benz G-Class, or more commonly known as the G-Wagen, is hardly the poster child for green motoring, with most models powered by at least six cylinders.

So this zero-emission G-Wagen comes at a complete surprise.

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Commissioned by Hollywood action superstar and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, this all-electric G-Class is based on the G350 d but ditches the car’s diesel engine which has been replaced with a pair of electric motors that provide a combined output of 360kW.

Created by Kreisel, the electric powertrain also includes an 80kWh battery pack under the bonnet and in the rear, where the fuel tank used to be. The company says the green-powered G-Wagen is capable of 150kW charging, allowing for an 80 percent charge in just 25 minutes. On a full charge, it is said to have a range of up to 299km. Impressively, 0-100km/h is dispatched in just 5.6 seconds, despite having a kerb weight of 2.6 tonnes.

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There are no tell-tale signs outside that this is an electric car, except the lack of tailpipes. The SUV also retains its boot and interior space even with the modifications, ensuring that Arnie is comfortable in its plush interior.

While Arnie will be driving the all-electric G-Wagen around in California, the car is still a prototype at this stage, with feedback and publicity important to future development for the Austrian company.

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