Mercedes-Benz has previously stated it plans to introduce 10 new all-electric vehicles by 2022, and it looks like the latest G-Class will be one of them. This surprising announcement was made by Ola Källenius, head of Mercedes-Benz, at the recent Automobilwoche Kongress in Berlin.

As posted on Twitter by Sascha Pallenberg, head of digital content at Daimler, Källenius said, “there will be a zero-emission EV version of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. In the past there were discussions whether we should eliminate the model, the way I see things now I’d say the last Mercedes to be built will be a G-Class.”

If we were to follow the company’s EQ naming system applied to models like the EQC, the upcoming EQA, EQB and EQS, it isn’t too far-fetched to assume that the G-Class EV could be called the EQG. Källenius didn’t provide any additional information to go with the reveal, so for now, details like when the model will make its debut, powertrain specifications and pricing are unknown.

With a curb weight that borders on nearly two and a half tonnes, electrifying the G-Class should be quite a challenge, especially if you consider the additional weight that comes with fitting a battery large enough to provide an adequate amount of EV driving range. This downside could be offset by placing the G-Class on a strict diet, using lightweight materials and employing lighter battery technology, although these will inevitably drive up the price of the already costly SUV.

The idea of an all-electric G-Class isn’t new, as demonstrated by Kreisel Electric in the past, where the company took a previous-generation G 350 d and slotted in an 80 kWh battery pack under the hood and a pair of electric motors producing 483 hp (360 kW). Commissioned by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the bespoke SUV does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.6 seconds, offers 299 km of range on a full charge and supports DC charging of up to 150 kW.