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It only makes sense for Arnold Schwarzenegger to drive a Mercedes-Benz G-Class because both of them are famously tough and come from Austria. The former Governator is a fan of green vehicles, and the Geländewagen isn’t known for its efficiency. The Austrian firm Kreisel Electric resolves this situation with its new fully electric G-Wagen, and Schwarzenegger is a fan. After checking one out in his home country, he’ll be driving a prototype in Los Angeles soon to help Kreisel with further development.

Kreisel Electric says that its electric G-Class packs an impressive 483 horsepower (360 kilowatts) from two electric motors, which easily beats the current G550’s 416 hp (310 kW). A sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 5.6 seconds also outperforms the G550’s run to 60 mph (97 kph) in 5.8 seconds. An 80 kilowatt-hour battery provides an estimated range of 186 miles, and charging at up to 150 kW means plugging in for just 25 minutes recovers 80 percent Kreisel reports that the green powertrain maintains the G-Class’ famous off-road ability, and we hope to see Schwarzenegger put that claim to the test.

To allow for these impressive specs, Kreisel mounts 1,124 pounds (510 kilograms) of batteries under the hood and in place of the fuel tank. There’s no change to the cabin space, and without the Kreisel badges you wouldn’t know that this G-Class is running on electricity. The only minor change inside is a new set of gauges in the instrument panel.

Kreisel’s electric G-Class is only a prototype for now and not for sale. However, Schwarzenegger gets the pleasure of showing it off on the road. If you see a black G-Wagen on the road in L.A. soon keep an eye out for this one’s green badges. You’ll know it’s the former governor enjoying his new toy.

After checking out Schwarzenegger’s brief drive in the clip above, see Kreisel’s G-Class take a short drive in the video below.

Source: Kreisel Electric, [2] via Electrek

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Gallery: Electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class by Kreisel Electric

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Aaaand Action! Arnold Schwarzenegger sits in the iconic electric off-road vehicle: A sight the world has never seen before. The cooperation with Kreisel Electric has made this possible. At the edge of the Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbuehel, the former Californian governor has gone for a spin in the mutually developed, designed electrified Mercedes G-Class. “This amazing off-road vehicle as a clean and fast electric car? A dream has become real!”, rejoiced Schwarzenegger. In the near future, Schwarzenegger will test drive the prototype in Los Angeles and continue to develop it further together with Kreisel Electric.

The electrified Mercedes G 350 d convinces with a realistic electric range of 300 kilometres with a single power-charge. The high-performance batteries are built into the car with a capacity of 80 kWh and an overall weight of 510 kg. The Kreisel batteries are distributed in the car: under the bonnet, in the rear, where it replaces the fuel tank and underneath the entry. Kreisel has not made any compromises when it comes to comfort functions, such as off-road capability and gradeability.

Several electric motors with reduction gears have been fitted directly onto the transfer gearbox while the main gear unit was eliminated. The powerful electric vehicle puts 360 kW (490 PS) on the road and reaches a maximum speed of 183 km/h. 100 km/h can be reached within 5.6 seconds. In just 25 minutes the e-car can be fast-charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity.
The diesel-engine Mercedes off-road vehicle is driven by Schwarzenegger in the US since decades. The car is originally fabricated in Graz. Together Kreisel Electric and Schwarzenegger came up with the idea to modify this Mercedes and turn it into an electric vehicle which is ecological but dashing.

Ever since Schwarzenegger’s activities as governor of California, his engagement for renew-able energies and electromobility has continued tirelessly. Now, he works together with the global pioneer for electromobility, Kreisel Electric.

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