It is unclear what the future will be like, but Mercedes-Benz is positive that we will need more advanced, maneuverable, environmentally friendly, and protected police cars. That is why they've designed the Ener-G-Force, based off of their G-Class, for the Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012, which is a quest for the “Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025.”
In the future, the population will be greater, there will be changes in human behavior, and outdoor activities may be the leader in leisure activities. With changes like this, the same old Police Inspector Crown Vic won’t cut it; police vehicles will need to be reliable on and off the road and use alternative energy sources.
The Ener-G-Force is designed as an environmentally friendly SUV and would meet all the requirements for the Design Challenge. Mercedes is confident that the Ener-G-Force would be able to replace police and emergency vehicles all around the world. With small windows and emergency lights that are impossible to ignore, the vehicle would essentially be a safe-house for police officers. It has a formidable front design, much like the G-Class, displaying a sense of dominance and power.
Director of Design Gordon Wagener stated, “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. Modern and cool, it could also be a clue about a new beginning for the off-road design idiom of Mercedes-Benz.”
Although the Ener-G-Force is still just a science fiction idea, it still can affect the long-term goals of the Mercedes-Benz Company. Can you imagine a future where Mercedes vehicles are no longer luxury cars and instead are off-road and emergency vehicles?
Clearly based off the G-Class, the Ener-G-Force towers high above the ground with its 20-inch wheels and is meticulously designed to look as tense and intimidating as possible. Hubert Lee, the Ener-G-Force designer, stated that it was important to remain faithful to the G-Class’s characteristics while still designing a vehicle that would be suitable in the future.
Alternative energy sources are a big issue to deal with when designing an emergency vehicle of the future. That is why the Ener-G-Force will store recycled water in jugs on the roof that transfer to the “hydro-tech converter.” The “hydro-tech converter is designed to convert natural and renewable resources into hydrogen for operating fuel cells (this sounds a lot like the DeLorean). The electricity generated during this process can be kept in storage units in the side skits. Emitting nothing but water, the Ener-G-Force will have a fuel range of 500 miles. With 360 degree topography scanner on the roof, the vehicle will adjust its suspension and individual wheel output to compensate for the different terrains.
Although this car sounds awesome, only time will tell what the future holds. I guess in 13 years we will see if this stylistically and functionally clean design works out. Nevertheless, the ideas behind it are innovative and will definitely encourage automakers to take big steps in new directions.
We’ll know much more about the Mercedes Concept after its Los Angeles Auto Show debut on November 28. We’ll be reporting live when the show kicks off next week, so stay tuned for photos and video from one of the biggest shows in the world. Follow us on Instagram at @autoMedia_shots for instant photos from the show.