Mercedes-Benz concept car has solar power paint job
Mercedes-Benz has introduced its latest concept car called the Vision G-Code, a hydrogen-powered SUV- or SUC (Sports Utility Coupé) as the German carmaker calls it- packing tonnes of cutting-edge features and covered in the latest green technology.
The concept car, announced to mark the opening of its new Beijing R&D centre, sports a squat profile and space-age interior. Although the vehicle runs a hybrid engine, unlike the typical hybrid, the back wheels are powered by an electric motor while the front axle is driven by a turbocharged hydrogen combustion engine.
Paint job provides solar power
In addition to utilising regenerate braking and plug-in technology to power the electric motor with an onboard battery pack, the G-Code uses multi-voltaic silver paint which transforms the body into one continuous solar panel, converting sunlight into electricity. The paint is also capable of generating an electrostatic charge by harvesting energy from the wind rushing across its surface. The suspension also dynamically generates a charge, ensuring that power can be created with nearly every movement the vehicle makes.
“The oxygen produced during the hydrogen synthesis as part of the drive management system is routed to the interior as needed, and provides an additional refreshing effect for the occupants. As a result, even urban stop-and-go traffic in congested Asian metropolitan areas sheds its unpleasant aspect, ” Mercedes adds.
To match up with the high-tech exterior with a visually striking continuous glass design that stretches from the driver’s side all the way around the windshield to the passenger side, the interior has been designed to look just as forward-looking. It features a streamlined central dashboard display whilst also making room for two electric scooters, which can be charged by the G-Code’s various energy-recovery systems.
Since it is just a concept car, we may never actually see a perfect mass production version of the G-Code. A prototype will make an appearance at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month, and we do hope that the smart ideas will end up in some models in the future.