Cops: The 2025 LA Edition
The Ridley Scott film Blade Runner is set in Los Angeles in 2019. And as you may recall, the vehicle that the police officer, Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, could, as we all imagine cars will in the future, fly.
One annual feature of the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show is the Design Challenge. This year’s challenge: “Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025.”
Mercedes has revealed its entry, the “Ener-G-Force,” which was designed by Hubert Lee in the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad, California.
The concept is based on the Mercedes G-Class SUV. About it, Gorden Wagener, director of Design, Mercedes-Benz Cars, said, “The Ener-G-Force is the vision of an off-roader that, while reflecting tomorrow’s adventures, also involves the genes of Mercedes-Benz off-road icon, the G model. Modern and cool, it could also be a clue about what a new beginning for the off-road design idiom of Mercedes-Benz.”
Presumably, Future LA will have piles of rubble or whatnot that will need to be traversed, unlike what one would imagine of a more Jetsons environment.
Lee said, “Of course we wanted to take a clear step forward, but we also wanted the G’s characteristic features.”
Unlike the conventional G, there is a smaller glass area, given that the police officers will need protection from the marauding bands of Future LA. It rides on 20-in.rims, to provide an aggro-stance. There are four-wheel hub motors behind those rims to provide power. This electric vehicle has a range of about 500 miles (remember: This is the Future.)
One somewhat unusual thing is that there are recycled water tanks on the roof (shades of Dune?). The water goes to a “hydro-tech converter,” where it is converted into hydrogen to run the fuel cells (again: Future). The electricity generated by the fuel cell can be stored in batteries that are housed in the vehicle’s side skirts; the color of the skirts change depending on the state of charge.
No, it doesn’t fly.
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