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When Mercedes looks into its crystal ball toward the police car of the future, it sees its unmistakable G-Class powering through the tundra with a concept vehicle that's as menacing as it is stylish. With a shape that shears off the sharp edges of Mercedes' 33-year-old off-roading icon, shrinks its windows and jacks the body on 20-inch wheels. The premium police mobile of the future may have been designed to strike fear in the hearts of ne'er-do-wells, but it could just as easily prompt envy – even among environmentalists. That's because the Ener-G-Force is an anti-Hummer, powered with hydrogen fuel cells that emit nothing but water and allow the vehicle to perform its duties with silence and stealth. The Ener-G-Force presumes various technologies now in their infancy will come to fruition by 2025, the supposed model year for this concept. The recycled water tanks stored on the Ener-G-Force roof aren't for drinking but, rather, propulsion. They channel the wet stuff to a converter, which processes it into the hydrogen that generates electricity and powers the vehicle via electric motors embedded in the wheel hubs and battery packs stored in the side skirts that are easily swappable when depleted.
TEXT BY SUSAN CARPENTER, MERCEDES-BENZ USA