Schwarzenegger Picks Up Electric Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon At Austrian Racetrack

Arnold Schwarzenegger is adding a high-performance all-electric Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon to his car collection.

This 500 horsepower crossover isn’t being sold by Mercedes-Benz. It was modified by Austrian startup Kreisel Electric from a Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV.

Schwarzenegger returned to his homeland to test drive and pick up the electric G-Wagon. At the Hahnenkamm race in Kitzebuehel (Austria), the Kreisel team presented the electric car to the public for the very first time. The actor and former California “Governator” will be shipping his G-Wagon back home to California.

Kreisel Electric was started up by three Austrian brothers – Johann, Markus and Philipp – who’ve said they’re getting several inquiries a day from companies who want to see if their customized electric drives might give them more options in the competitive plug-in electrified vehicle marketplace. They’d been contacted by companies such as BMW, Volkswagen, and McLaren Automotive.

The Kreisel team filmed the delivery of the G-Wagon over to Schwarzenegger, which you can see in this video.

During his own “selfie” video shoot, Schwarzenegger says that what’s behind him is a regular Mercedes G-Wagon, but it’s not a regular car. This one has “an electric engine with zero pollution.”

He and his colleagues look under the hood to see Kreisel’s converted electric motor, which Schwarzenegger says makes it to 500 horsepower. Then he takes off for a ride behind the wheel wearing his bomber jacket and smoking a cigar.

It’s equipped with an 80 kWh battery pack, and can go zero to 62 mph in 5.6 seconds. Kriesel said the battery technology allows for an 80 percent charge in about 25 minutes, but the company didn’t say what kind of charger would need to be used.

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As part of its plug-in vehicle collection, Kreisel recently converted a Volkswagen e-Golf, which the startup said can triple the range of VW’s original version of the e-Golf. The Mercedes G-Wagon can go 186 miles on a charge with more hp than VW’s version, they said.

Schwarzenegger continues to stay busy, hosting “The Celebrity Apprentice” and appearing in the “Mobile Strike” video game.

He’s still occasionally seen driving his giant military-grade Hummer H1. As the California governor pushing for an ambitious climate change law, he was best known for advocating hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by supporting a “hydrogen highway” with fueling stations along the west coast. Now he seems satisfied with an electric vehicle, providing enough torque and horsepower and supporting California’s zero emission vehicle policy.

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