Despite the fact that the iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been around since 1979, it seems as though the genes from this ever popular model will be passed down from generation to generation of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Indeed the recent Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012 looked at the quest for the "Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025", catching the attention of the design team as Mercedes-Benz. But how has the Mercedes-Benz G-Class influenced the futuristic answer to police patrol vehicles of the future? The so-called Mercedes Benz Ener-G-Force was initially a concept car although after initial investigations the design team at Mercedes-Benz decided to build a full scale replica of their idea. The Mercedes-Benz advanced design studio in California planted the embryo for this environmentally friendly, electrically monitored, and electrically guided vehicle and while they are looking to the year 2025, it is not difficult to see the influence of the famous Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
Requirements of a 2025 Highway Patrol vehicle
While the vast majority of us cannot even contemplate what the electric cars of the future will look like, the design team at Mercedes-Benz have effectively put themselves into the seat of a 2025 Highway Patrol vehicle. The population will be larger, human behaviour is likely to change beyond all recognition, electric cars will rule the highways and there will be a need for a strong and influential police presence across the globe. That is before we even look at the vehicle itself!
If you take a look at the futuristic Ener-G-Force from the outside it may be difficult to associate the vehicle with the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. However, if you take a look at the basic structure of the vehicle, the small glass area for the safety, emergency lighting integrated into the roof of the car, the gigantic wheels of the vehicle, and the fearsome front grille, which will announce the arrival of this futuristic police vehicle to criminals, you can start to see the genes of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
Energy supplies of the future
While the electric vehicle is all the rage at the moment, the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force, the futuristic police vehicle of the future, will depend upon a hydro-tech converter. The recycled water storage facilities on the roof of the vehicle will integrate with the renewable energy fuel source system converting water into hydrogen to operate the fuel cells. This effectively means that the fuel cells are constantly being recharged and re-energised and with fuel emissions likely to be a major source of controversy in the future, this vehicle will emit nothing but water out of the tailpipe.
The operating range for the fuel cells will be around 500 miles per charge, the vehicle will have a so-called "Terra-Scan" 360 degree topography scanner which will detect any change in climate and driving surface, adapting the vehicles inboard computer accordingly. Whatever the situation, the vehicle will constantly adapt to the environment to ensure maximum efficiency and full utilisation of the on-board technology.
One interesting element of the new prototype Ener-G-Force is the styled side skirts which house the fuel cell technology. The side panels are illuminated by an array of lights from underneath the side skirts which will indicate whether the fuel cell batteries need recharged or what level of charge remains. This is a futuristic look into the life and times of the 2025 police patrol vehicle and it has certainly been a very interesting project for the Mercedes-Benz team.
The very fact that genes are passed down from parents to children in the human race is something which we take for granted. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has effectively been reborn as the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force, futuristic police car of the future, and this has not gone unnoticed by followers. The fact that the basic structure and the basic style of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV remains, to all intents and purposes, intact in the Ener-G-Force has created something of a father-son relationship between iconic vehicles of the past and high-tech vehicles of the future.
While there is no chance that the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force police vehicle will ever move to commercial production, there is no doubt that the prototype gives a very interesting look into the future of electric powered vehicles. Fuel cell technology, renewable energy sources, high-tech accessories and the fact that many people expect electric cars of the future to be electrically monitored and electrically guided is a very interesting development.