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Mercedes Concept EQG Electric G-Class Revealed In Munich

The popular G-Class is finally going electric.

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Just like most other car manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz is electrifying its product range, and the equally iconic and polarizing G-Class won’t be an exception. At the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Munich, the German car manufacturer showed its Concept EQG, an electrified version of the original “G-Class” that, at least according to Mercedes-Benz, refuses to compromise when it comes to off-road capabilities.

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“A cross-country vehicle which has remained true to itself for more than 40 years ventures a step into the future,” states Mercedes-Benz on the retro futuristic Concept EQG web page. “The Concept EQG combines its iconic origin and uncompromising off-road capabilities with futuristic elements of the Mercedes-EQ world.”

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To promote the new car, Mercedes-Benz filmed an epic 70s space opera that explores the future of mobility, reminding us all that our present, with cars like the Concept EQG soon to be available for purchase, would like the future to people 50 years ago.

The Concept EQG has a striking two-tone paint job and an illuminated grille that reminds us of the Suzuki Jimny. Additional LED lights can be found on other sides of the vehicle as well, including an LED light bar at the front and a third brake light at the back.

mercedes benz concept eqg corner view

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t released much technical information yet, but we know that the Concept EQG has four electric motors mounted close to the wheels. The motors are mated to a shiftable two-speed gearbox, whose goal is to ensure that the car has enough off-roading capabilities to overcome even the trickiest obstacles.

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Since the current version of the electric G-Class is nearly ready for production, it’s unlikely to change dramatically before it rolls off the production line for the first time. Unfortunately, we don’t know when that will be, so we all have to patiently wait and hope it won’t be too far in the future.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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