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Directory:Mercedes Ener-G-Force via Hydro-Tech Converter
Compiled by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News
November 26, 2012
Today, a reader brought to my attention a German article with a title (translated): "Next G-Class Runs on Water". He got it from a German newsletter with the heading: "Will Daimler build a free energy car?"
The vehicle is designed primarily for police departments to allow off-road versatility and durability.
According to the Mercedes-Benz November 16, 2012 press release:
- "The Ener-G-Force stores recycled water in tanks on the roof, and transfers it to the 'hydro-tech converter,' where natural and renewable resources are converted into hydrogen for operating the fuel cells. The storage units for the electricity generated in this process are housed easily accessible in the striking side skirts. The Ener-G-Force emits nothing but water, has an operating range of about 500 miles [~800 km], and as a result truly is a green car. Four wheel-hub motors, whose output for each individual wheel is adapted precisely to the respective terrain by high-performance electronics, provide the pulling power. ... The strikingly styled side skirts house either the energy storage units or hot-swappable battery packs. Changes in the color of the illumination of the side skirts indicate the operating and charge status of the energy packs."
From a conservation of energy point of view, the source of energy in this set-up is described in the phrase: "Water [is transferred to] the 'hydro-tech converter,' where natural and renewable resources are converted into hydrogen for operating the fuel cells."
They don't elaborate where the energy comes from to produce the hydrogen; and, astonishingly, none of the other coverage I've looked at has asked about this or elaborated. Do they have some new exotic way of wresting hydrogen from water that consumes far less energy than what can be gained from the burning of the hydrogen? Are they going to have on-board solar panels (none are shown)? What are the "natural and renewable resources"?
I've sent requests to the media contacts at Mercedes to get elaboration on this.
Maybe they're waiting to fill in that blank with something that someone in our "exotic free energy" sector will come up with.
COMMENTARY: Just what you want your tax money going toward right? A police vehicle capable of unlimited range and maneuverability over rough terrain, to be able to chase down those pesky "terrorists" (not to be confused with patriots in the wilderness who love freedom, right?). Perhaps this is a case in point about the story I published yesterday: Will Exotic Free Energy Not Arrive Until a Sufficient Awakening Happens?. I'm sure the powers that be would love to snatch up free energy technology to power their surveillance drones for the emerging Big Brother police state.
Further comment by Sepp: The press release talks about 2025 as a target date, and the release is called a study of what may be possible in the future. We should not get too excited just yet. No functioning "Hydro-Tech Converter" is said to exist yet. So probably it is as Sterling says, they are waiting to fill in that particular blank with something that the "exotic free energy" sector will come up. In any case, at least they are paying attention...
No product-specific/dedicated page yet?
- http://mbusa.com - Mercedes-Benz official website.
- http://media.mbusa.com/releases/ener-g-force-off-road-for-tomorrow (press release requires media credentials for access)
In the News
- Featured: Water > as Fuel > Vehicles / Hydrogen / Fuel Cells >
Mercedes' Ener-G-Force to Run on Water via Hydro-Tech Converter - From a conservation of energy point of view, the source of energy in this set-up is described in the phrase: "Water [is transferred to] the 'hydro-tech converter,' where natural and renewable resources are converted into hydrogen for operating the fuel cells." Waiting for elaboration. (PESWiki; November 26, 2012)
- Mercedes to present futuristic Ener-G-Force hydrogen fuel-cell-powered SUV at Los Angeles Design Challenge - Mercedes will unveil its hydrogen fuel-cell-powered Ener-G-Force sports utility vehicle at the Los Angeles Design Challenge in December. The car will have a 500 mile range using a hydrogen fuel cell that uses recycled water to send powers to the car's motors. (New York Daily News; November 21, 2012)
- Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept Goes Back To The Future - (Popular Mechanics; November 19, 2012)
- Next G-Class runs on water! - In the rear part of the roof to tank are using recycled water. This flows into the so-called "hydro-Tech Converter", which converts the water into hydrogen. This in turn drives the fuel cells, which convert hydrogen into electricity. The generated power is stored in power packs that are in the side sills. Feature: the show packs in color contrasting interplay of its current operating and charging status. (auto.oe24.at; November 16, 2012)
- Photos from Mercedes Ener-G-Force (auto.oe24.at; November 16, 2012)
- Ener-G-Force - off-road for tomorrow (press release, requires media credentials) - A cool design study from Mercedes-Benz demonstrates how the genes of the classic off-roader from 1979 may still assert themselves far into the future. It is based on the concept of a future police car developed for the Los Angeles Design Challenge. (MBUSA; November 16, 2012)
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