DETROIT — Arnold Schwarzenegger put Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche on the spot Sunday evening: Would the venerable Mercedes-Benz G class — the hefty SUV that’s definitely no sipper of gasoline — ditch fossil fuels and finally go electrical?
Zetsche answered by referencing the automaker’s pledge final 12 months that it could finally electrify its total lineup.
“That clearly says, ‘Keep tuned,'” Zetsche instructed the film star. “We mentioned the whole portfolio.”
Zetsche introduced Schwarzenegger out on the stage simply after introducing the redesigned 2019 G class on the decaying Michigan Theater in downtown Detroit. After Zetsche briefly interviewed the actor about his love for the G class, Schwarzenegger turned the tables together with his electrical query.
Ola Kaellenius, Daimler’s board member accountable for r&d, declined to shed extra gentle on when a possible electrical G class might arrive.
Zetsche “mentioned the total vary, did not he?” Kaellenius mentioned. “I’d say, ‘Watch this house.'”
With the automaker simply now giving the G class its most thorough redesign for the reason that venerable off-roader was launched almost 40 years in the past, a totally electrical model in all probability would not occur for fairly some time. Extra doubtless can be a variant that’s hybridized in some method.