Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force concept collects water to produce hydrogen

We’ve already reported about recent developments in automotive technology that can allow electric vehicles to perform just as well as conventional gasoline powered cars. Going well beyond the boundaries of present technology, Mercedes-Benz has envisioned a futuristic Highway Patrol Vehicle for the year 2025. Taking cues from the Mercedes-Benz G-Class from of the 1970s era, the Ener-G-Force concept aims to give law enforcement agencies an edge over the others.

The environmentally friendly SUV features sunk-in-headlights, turn signals mounted on the front fenders and a long, flat roofline with low rectangular taillights with emergency lights integrated on the roof. Talking about the roof, the most interesting element of the car lies just here. What seems like a normal cargo rack is actually a way for the car to collect water, which is used to produce hydrogen onboard. The stored hydrogen then powers a fuel cell to generate electricity for the in-wheel motors.

The car carries batteries that are built into the rocker panels and the hypothetical range of the vehicle is about 500 miles of pure zero-emission driving. The concept is one of the six entrants for the 2012 LA Design Challenge and the winning design will be announced on November 29.

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