Arnie goes electric in converted Mercedes G-Wagen

Austrian vehicle conversion specialists Kreisel Electric have electrified the iconic off-roader, the Mercedes G-Wagen.  The car was revealed at the Hahnenkamm skiing event in Kitzebuehel, Austria by another icon who contributed to its design and development: Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In the near future, Terminator actor and former governor of California will test drive the prototype in Los Angeles and continue to develop it further together with Kreisel Electric.  In the US, Arnold has been driving the well-liked off-road vehicle, which is produced in Graz, Austria, for decades.

Ever since Schwarzenegger’s role as governor of California, his interest in renewable energy and electric vehicles has grown.

Schwarzenegger commented:

“To me, with the electric version of this fantastic car, a dream has become true.  The initial test drive was a real pleasure: The Kreisel is incredibly sporty and perfectly benefits from the advantages e-mobility has to offer. I really look forward to the following test runs and to the gradual further development in California.”

The off-road vehicle was converted in just two months and claims to have a realistic electric range of 186miles. This is achieved using a 80kwh battery pack weighing in at 510 kg.  The batteries are spread throughout the car and can be found under the bonnet and in the rear, where it replaces the fuel tank.

The powerful electric vehicle delivers 360 kW equivalent to 490 PS and can reach a maximum speed of 114mph with 60mph arriving in just 5.6 seconds–making the electric car 3 seconds faster than the diesel model on which it is based.

The G-Wagen is not the first electric conversion created by Kreisel, with the Porsche Panamera, BMW 3-Series Touring and a Skoda Yeti 4×4 as part of its portfolio.

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