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Electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class coming in 2024

The story about the electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class started three years ago. Then the Chairman of the Management Board of Mercedes-Benz, Ola Källenius said: “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 and the G-Class.” Although many thought it wouldn’t happen before the second half of the decade, it seems we’re getting closer to the official launch of the first electric G model.

According to Autoblog, Ola Källenius stated that the electric G-Class will hit the market in the next two years. It is part of Mercedes’ long-term plan that includes the electrification of its models by the end of this decade.

A few months ago Merceds-AMG presented the new G63 4×4², which will be powered by a 4-liter V8 biturbo engine with 585 hp (430 kW) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque. The engine is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission that transmits power to all wheels. The company claims that the new G-Class reaches 62 mph in less than 5 seconds, but consumes as much as 20 L of fuel per 100 km, which, if we take into account current prices, will empty the wallet of future owners. When it comes to the price, the car costs EUR 250,000.

Source: Autoblog

2024 Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul

It took two years for the first eActros LongHaul prototypes to appear on the streets. Although it was unveiled three months ago, the truck was not finished, now Mercedes-Benz Trucks has finally shown the final design of the electric truck that will have a range of 500 km (311 miles).

In 2021, Mercedes unveiled its electric truck, eActros, and on that occasion, Karin Rådström, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, said: “We have to acknowledge that transport is part of the problem when it comes to climate change. at the same time, we can and we will be part of the solution. We start with our eActros that has covered more than half a million kilometers on public roads. The eActros and its dedicated services are a big step for Mercedes-Benz Trucks and for our customers towards CO₂-neutral transport.” Customers are thus sending a strong signal to all stakeholders to combine efforts and quickly put more and more electric trucks on the road, expand the charging infrastructure and create cost parity.

“We are continuously expanding our portfolio of battery-electric trucks. Our focus is on offering clear advantages to our customers. Therefore, our electric trucks are specifically designed for e-mobility, giving them better drivability, energy efficiency and durability.” said Karin Rådström, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks engineers designed the eActros LongHaul so that the vehicle and its components meet the same durability requirements as the conventional Actros. That means 1.2 million kilometers over a period of ten years. The Mercedes eActros LongHaul will be powered by two electric motors with a total power of 816 hp (600 kW). It will have three batteries with a total capacity of over 600 kWh, which is enough to give the truck a range of 311 miles (500 km).

Source: Mercedes-Benz Trucks

Zero Emissions Vehicle can suck up CO2

Although strict CO2 regulations force car manufacturers to fully or partially electrify their vehicles, no car is completely emission-free. However, there is a car that practically sucks up CO2, the Zero Emissions Vehicle.

A group of Dutch students from the Eindhoven University of Technology has produced a Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) that, thanks to a special filter, produces almost zero emissions. They claim that a car can collect up to 2 kg of CO2 every 20,000 kilometers, which is not a huge amount considering that a single tree collects ten times more. However, if more cars used this filter, the result would be far better.

“This car has been developed to minimize CO2 emissions during the production phase, the use phase and the end-of-life phase,” said team member Jens Lahaije.

In the future, filters could be easily cleaned at charging stations for electric car batteries. So far, the filter fills up very quickly and has to be cleaned every 200 miles, but the team is looking for help from the automotive industry to help achieve the goal.

“We are calling on the industry to pick up the gauntlet, and we are naturally happy to think along with them. We have not yet finished developing ourselves and want to take significant steps in the coming years. We cordially invite car manufacturers to come and take a look,” said Nikki Okkels, the external relations manager at the university.

Parts of the car are made of recycled plastic using a 3D printer, such as the chassis and body panels, so it can be said that there is practically no waste.

Source: TU Eindhoven via Facebook