The G-Class has always been the most rugged and macho model offered by Mercedes-Benz. Given its appeal, most expected it to be one of the last models to get the electric treatment. In fact, there was even a rumor that it will be killed off before an EV version debuts. However, it seems an electric G-Wagen will happen as confirmed by Daimler CEO Ola Källenius.
In a tweet by Sascha Pallenberg, head of digital transformation at Mercedes, he quotes Källenius saying “There will be a zero-emission #EV version of the #MercedesBenz G-Class. In the past, there were discussions whether we should eliminate the model, the way I see things now I'd say the last Mercedes to be built will be a G-Class”.
For now, there are no details yet about the electric G-Class expect its confirmation. Daimler’s CEO did not even give a timeline as to when we can expect the model to debut. It is likely a plug-in hybrid version of the G-Wagen will make its global debut first. Only after that will we expect to see a fully electric version of the G-Class to debut. If we are to follow how Mercedes has named its electric vehicles (EQC, EQS, EQV), the electric G-Class could be called the EQG.
Electrifying a G-Class is probably easier said than done. Considering it is already a heavyweight, adding the battery and electric powertrain will bump that weight even more. As such, Mercedes has a lot of work to do in order to give it an acceptable driving range. Taking all that into account, don’t expect the electric G-Class to debut anytime soon.
Interestingly, Mercedes-Benz won’t be the first in the world to build an electric G-Class. Austrian company Kreisel Electric previously built a G-Class with a custom electric powertrain in place of the internal combustion engine for former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.