It’s not easy being green, but Mercedes SUVs are giving it a go

We’re willing to bet that hulking SUVs aren’t the first things that come to mind when discussing electric vehicles. You’re way more likely to think of the Nissan Leaf or its ilk, small compact cars. However, the Mercedes G Wagon of all things is making the switch.

The G Wagon has been around since 1979 and has a reputation for rugged offroading abilities. It’s up there with the Toyota Land Cruiser and the Land Rover Defender as an archetypal master of rough terrain. Can this kind of truck really go electric? Read on, and find out how it fares.

The new Mercedes G Wagon’s powertrain

Turning one of these behemoths into an electric vehicle is neither cheap nor easy.

While we don’t know the exact specifics of the G Wagon’s electric powertrain, we can take an educated guess. See, there already is an electric G Wagon. It’s made by German company Kreisel, and has featured in a video with none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. This version features two battery packs with a combined capacity of 80 kWh. This gives the Kreisel G Wagon a range of 186 miles and 438 horsepower. You can hit 62 mph in just 5.6 seconds in this beast.

We probably won’t see much increased range on the official Mercedes electric G Wagon. Turning one of these behemoths into an electric vehicle is neither cheap nor easy. Whatever its range, it certainly beats the economy of the normal G Wagon, which gets just 14 mpg. Power figures will probably be on par, too.

We do know that the G Wagon will be marketed under the EQ banner and will feature its usual share of luxuries. The EQS, an electric S-Class, will also be part of this range. The G Wagon EV is expected to launch by 2021.

The G Wagon’s competition

The Electric truck market did not used to be, shall we say, saturated. Now we’re starting to see more and more trucks start fitting electric power trains into this traditional gas guzzler format.

At the lower end of the market, we have the Mustang Mach-E. Perhaps one of the strangest automotive crossovers that we’ve ever seen. This all-electric truck is essentially a jacked Mustang, with some awesome tech.

The Mach-E is expected to hit 60 mph in under three seconds and have a range of around 250 miles per charge. Inside, you’ll find a 15.5-inch touchscreen mounted in the center console. This will adapt to the driver, tailoring the car to each unique driver. It’s also expected to boast an autopilot feature, as found in Teslas. Speaking of Tesla…

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The G Wagon sits at the luxury end of the spectrum. As such, one of its most direct competitors will be the Tesla Cybertruck. The Cybertruck’s looks may have divided customers, but we’re expecting it to be a big success. The truck is expected to have a best 0-60 time of less than 2.9 seconds and a range of over 500 miles. You can also expect all the interior tech that has made Tesla famous.

Mercedes’ G Wagon is going to have to have some fantastic specs to compete with the Cybertruck. Whoever wins this battle, we’re going to get two awesome trucks.

A vision of the future?

An electric G Wagon would have been unthinkable just 15 years ago. We expect more and more marques to start putting out EVs. What do you think will be the next truck to go electric?

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