Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept Goes Off-Road for Police

By Joel Arellano | November 16, 2012
People commit crime anywhere and anytime. Mercedes-Benz addresses this darker side of human nature as part of the Los Angeles Auto Show's design challenge, "Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025." Mercedes' entry is the Ener-G-Force, a full-sized SUV based evolved from the military-esque G-Class. The Ener-G-Force, though, has much in common with its boxy inspiration as jet fighters of today have with prop planes of yesterday year (see images). The Ener-G-Force designers from Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad, CA., were so intrigued by their concept they actually built a full-sized model. The Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force will debut at the LA show later this month. The Mercedes designers built the Ener-G-Force with functionality as well as intimidation. The slit windows are designed to protect vehicle occupants from assault while integrated emergency lights illuminate any shadow that may harbor criminals. All four massive wheels are precisely controlled to navigate the Ener-G-Force on and off-road, and is paired to a 360-degree "Terra-Scan" monitoring system to maximize the vehicle's road grip. Police can quickly access their gear from the rear pull-out compartment without having to worry about opening the crossover SUV's tailgate first. But the most intriguing part of the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force is its engine. Police vehicles of 2025 are eco-friendly as well as functional. The Ener-G-Force is a fuel-cell vehicle, using a so-called "hydro-tech" converter that splits recycled water into its hydrogen and oxygen components. The two elements are then combined to generate electricity with water vapor as the "exhaust." Mercedes speculates the Ener-G-Force has a 500 mile with such a system. "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," states Gorden Wagener, design director at Mercedes. "Modern and cool, it could also be a clue about a new beginning for the off-road design idiom of Mercedes-Benz". Source: Mercedes-Benz