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Mercedes-Benz May Be Gearing Up to Build an Electric G-Wagen

If any vehicle could feel guilty about its excessive thirst for premium unleaded gasoline, it would be the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

With EPA fuel economy of just 18 mpg combined in its thriftiest form, the G-Class SUV is one of the least-efficient vehicles available today. Needless to say, the off-road-ready SUV has some atoning to do as the market shifts toward electric cars.

Even General Motors’ Hummer brand has offered an apology of sorts for its former fuel-guzzling ways. The Hummer brand was recently reborn with an all-electric lineup that’s now part of GMC, including the just-unveiled Hummer EV SUV that promises as much as 300 miles of electric range, not to mention the ability to juice up other electric vehicles. Apology accepted.

According to Motor Authority, Mercedes-Benz recently filed for trademark registration for a model called EQG. This could be the long-rumored electric G-Class SUV. The nomenclature aligns with other electric Mercedes-Benz models, including the EQC that recently launched in Europe. Mercedes also plans the EQS, EQA, and other models that all use zero tailpipe-emissions electric motors.

An electric G-Wagen, as the model is known to enthusiasts fond of shortening its traditional German “Geländewagen” name, has long been rumored. Find a Mercedes-Benz G-Class for sale

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