mercedes benz 'ener-G-force' fuel cell concept
in response to the 2012 los angeles design challenge for the 'highway patrol vehicle of 2025', mercedes-benz has introduced
the 'ener-G-force' fuel cell SUV concept as a design study into the future of environmentally friendly off-road vehicles
capable of supporting police and emergency services.
gorden wagener, director of design at mercedes-benz states: "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 benz 'ener-G-force' front view
like the 'G-class, the ener-G-force integrates its front with an expressive radiator grille that incorporates the headlamps.
the LEDs in the headlamps form the shape of the letter 'G', where the front turn signals and running lights are mounted
on top of the fenders. along with its distinctive roof and the 3-panel greenhouse, the concept provides a pull-out safety tool
box as the center pull-out compartment, occupied on the traditional location of the spare wheel cover.
3/4 front view
3/4 driver view
the zero emission concept provides an operating range of about 500 miles, where four wheel-hub motors,
provide the pulling power, adapting to the respective terrain through high-performance electronics.a 'terra-scan'
360-degree topography scanner on the roof permanently scans the surroundings and uses the results to adjust
suspension parameters for maximum traction on the respective surfaces.
rear 3/4 passenger view demonstrating charging function on side skirts
for energy purposes, the SUV stores recycled water in tanks on the roof, and transfers it to the 'hydro-tech converter,'
where natural and renewable resources are converted into hydrogen for operating the fuel cells. the storage units for
the electricity generated during the process are housed in the side skirts. these side skirts house either the energy
storage units or hot-swappable battery packs, as changes in the color of the illumination indicate the operating and
charge status of the energy packs.
view from below
3/4 top view showing roof rack and vents
rear view with tool kit attachment mounted to previous wheel hub storage
front view sketch
side view sketch
rear view sketch