Many of the auto trade has now settled on a reasonably predictable formulation for constructing electrical automobiles. That features Mercedes-Benz, which has a fleet of electrical automobiles (EVs) on the way in which that shares most traits and plenty of components.
The corporate plans to go all-electric in most markets by 2030. To get there, it’s constructing electrical equivalents to a lot of its gas-powered automobiles, which share numerous parts and a typical design platform.
However off-roaders are a special engineering problem — Mercedes has only one legendary off-road automobile, the G-Class. The storied German automaker has realized that in an effort to construct an electrical equal, it should want a special formulation.
CEO Emmerich Schiller tells the U.Ok.’s AutoCar that this implies the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQG won’t share a platform with different electrical Mercedes fashions.
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Most Mercedes EVs, just like the EQE sedan, EQE SUV, EQS sedan, and EQS SUV, are constructed on a typical skateboard platform. As an almost flat mixture of battery, electrical motors, steering, and suspension bits, engineers can scale it up or right down to construct many kinds of automobiles.
However the EQG will experience on a modified model of the metal ladder-frame chassis that makes the gas-powered G-Class such a succesful off-roader. “As with the internal-combustion-engine fashions, the physique is linked to the ladder body at eight factors,” Schiller says.
Different Mercedes EVs use one or two electrical motors hooked up to the axles. The EQG will as an alternative use 4 motors, one powering every wheel.
That’s the identical strategy used within the Rivian R1T, one of many extra succesful off-roaders we’ve examined in recent times.
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“The person management of drive to every wheel offers a complete new degree of capability,” Schiller says. “It’s actually enjoyable each 4 weeks to drive the newest prototypes. I believe we’ve got one of the best electrical off-roader.”
AMG Model Coming, Too
Mercedes is preserving efficiency particulars near the vest for now. However Schiller tells AutoCar there will likely be a number of fashions with various energy ranges. They’ll embrace a flagship AMG mannequin.
There was one element Schiller would reveal — the electrical G-Class will likely be able to a “tank flip” by which the entrance wheels flip a technique and the rear wheels one other, letting it flip with out shifting ahead or backward. That is also much like the Rivian.
Mercedes will seal the battery to permit fording by means of deep water, he says. That strategy has confirmed problematic for some off-roaders. Nevertheless, different corporations stay assured it may possibly work — maybe even permitting an EV to drift.
The EQG, AutoCar experiences, is not less than “two years out from its deliberate launch.”