When you’re a world-renowned actor and former governor, you don’t wait for Mercedes-Benz to make the car you want.
Arnold Schwarzenegger recently took to Facebook to show off his latest new car, an all-electric Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. If you’re thinking the German automaker made a special one-off for Schwarzenegger, think again. The conversion was actually done by Kreisel Electric, a specialist for electromobility, and the SUV was presented to the public for the very first time at the Hahnenkamm race in Kitzebuehel, Austria.
The actor is well known for his love of big, rugged SUVs, but at the same time, he’s also a huge supporter of clean energy and clean cars. So instead of waiting for Mercedes to come out with an all-electric G-Wagen, he took matters into his own hands and had one created.
The actor said the converted SUV has “500-some horsepower,” adding that “a dream has become real!” Kreisel says the luxury SUV has a pair of electric motors producing around 482 horsepower and has a range of 186 miles. The battery packs have a total capacity of 80 kWh and are placed under the hood and in the rear, where the fuel tank used to be. Despite tipping the scales at more than 5,000 pounds, the all-electric G-Wagen does zero-to-62 mph in 5.6 seconds.
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