Every year, the L.A. Auto Show challenges automakers and independent car designers to pen the vehicles of the future. For the year 2012, the L.A. Auto Show asked designers to draw the highway patrol car of the year 2025. Mercedes-Benz took that suggestion…and disregarded it, creating instead a hydrogen-powered off-roader for enforcement and emergency services in isolated areas.
Called the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept, this futuristic G-wagen has long-term operations in remote areas in mind. The Energ-G-Force is powered by recycled water stored in rooftop tanks which is then transferred to a “hydro-tech” system that converts the water and other resources into hydrogen fuel.
As with anything operating in remote areas, redundancy is key. The Ener-G-Force uses four wheel-mounted motors, which means that even if two motors die, you’ve still got enough power to limp along. In a nod to law enforcement, the amount of vulnerable glass is limited, protecting the occupants from unruly hippies and angry bears.
It’s a pretty cool concept, though not one I ever expect Mercedes to put on the road. But I’ve always enjoyed works of futurism, and this concept is no exception.