The British Autocar already drove a round with the Mercedes-Benz EQG: the fully electric variant of the G-class, which will be on the market in 2024. During that tour, they learned more about the technology of the electric G, which contains technologies not previously used by Mercedes-Benz. Battery technology from EQXX The brand already supplies four-wheel drive electric cars, including the EQE and EQS, but the EQG will be the first Mercedes with an electric motor per wheel. All four engines are linked to two-speed gearboxes, with both low and high ranges. Mercedes informs Autocar that it is quite a complicated and expensive technology, but that they nevertheless opt for it. The brand does this, because in this way the car does not need limited slip differentials to properly adjust the rotational speed of the wheels in the terrain. This is done with the EQG by means of software per electric motor and therefore per individual wheel. The Mercedes-Benz EQG will be built in the same factory as the regular G-class, but will use its own ladder chassis with a largely identical body. The brand places a new type of battery in the chassis that debuted in the extremely economical EQXX Concept: the so-called ‘silicon battery’. It would have a capacity of about 100 kWh, but due to a higher energy density it should be a bit lighter than the battery of the EQS with a comparable capacity. Still, the EQG certainly does not promise to become a featherweight: how heavy the car will be is not yet known. However, someone from Mercedes’ development department indicates that the car weighs less than 3,500 kg, fortunately. Nevertheless, Mercedes-Benz does not yet know whether the electric G will be available with a towbar. Trick The brand does give the EQG a party trick. After pressing the ‘G-turn’ button, you can spin the EQG on unpaved ground. The car does this by turning its left wheels hard forward, while it rotates its right wheels backwards at the same speed – or vice versa. Initially, the brand considered it an unnecessary gimmick, but when it turned out that it could be useful in tight terrain situations, it decided to equip the EQG with it. At least the EQG gets enough power to break traction despite the heavy weight. There will be different power variants on the market, the strongest of which will of course carry an AMG label. The latter will be able to compete in terms of performance with the Mercedes-AMG G63 that is already on the market. The EQG will not hit the road until 2024. Mercedes Benz EQG Concept
Source: AutoWeek by www.autoweek.nl.
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