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Mercedes' beautiful new Vision G-Code concept car has a solar-panel paint job

Earlier this week, German automaker Mercedes-Benz unveiled its newest concept car, the Vision G-Code, at an event in Beijing:

Post by Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes calls the stylish, compact hatchback an SUC, or Sports Utility Coupé, but that's hardly the car's biggest innovation. It has a holographic grille that signals what "mode" the car is in, camera-equipped rearview mirrors that retract into the car, hybrid electric and hydrogen combustion engines, and a wrap-around windshield. But the most striking feature is probably the paint job. Mercedes explains:

High-tech "multi-voltaic silver" paint finish also ensures the power supply in the SUC of the future. On the one hand, it acts like a giant solar cell with excellent efficiency. On the other, "multi-voltaic silver" is also charged electrostatically by the relative wind or by the natural wind when the vehicle is stationary. [Mercedes]

The G-Code will never hit market as presented in present form, and its actually aimed at China's booming auto-consumer market. But if this is the future of of the automobile, nice. If you want to gawk at the prospective car of the near-future, Mercedes has you covered in their glossy video below. Seriously, that steering wheel. --Peter Weber