After taking a look at the Mercedes Benz Vision G-Code, it’s safe to say the future is not too far off. While celebrating the opening of its new product engineering center in Beijing, the German automaker decided to unveil its latest sports utility coupe. Technology was the main focus when designing the G-Code at Mercedes-Benz’s main offices in Sindelfingen, Germany.
The Vision G-Code is as striking as any concept, with a squat profile and space-age interior, but it’s not the car’s looks that are interesting here: it’s the paint. When the G-Code is stationary, its “multi-voltaic” paint generates electricity in a number of ways. It acts like a giant solar cell, turning the sun’s energy into electricity, and also charges electrostatically, harnessing the power of the wind.
Instead of simply passing the electricity generated onto an internal battery, Mercedes uses it to facilitate hydrogen synthesis, creating fuel for the car’s engine. The front wheels are powered by a hydrogen engine, while an electric motor drives the rear axle. It also has some other tricks to aid the production of hydrogen: on the move, further power is drawn from the G-Code’s suspension system. One byproduct of the synthesis is oxygen, which Mercedes says “is routed to the interior as needed,” providing “a refreshing effect for the occupants.”
The car’s front whees run on a hydrogen engine while the rear wheels are powered by an electric motor. The car is in its conceptual stage and there is no word on whether or not it will go into mass production. However, this is pretty f*cking cool to know that it will exist someday. Watch the video below:
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