• Jun 21, 2010
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

Shortly after introducing the SLS AMG last year, Mercedes-Benz announced that it was also developing a battery electric version of the gull-wing supercar. The first prototype is now ready to be shown to the world, resplendent in bright yellow paint (AMG Lumilectric Mango to be exact – the Mopar Boys would be proud). The SLS E-Cell is propelled by a quartet of electric motors with the pair at each axle integrated with reduction gears to drive all four wheels.

Those motors, which top out at a screaming 12,000 rpm, combine to apply 526 horsepower and 649 pound-feet of torque to the wheels – sufficient to push the coupe to 60 miles per hour in just four seconds. The installation of the front motors necessitated the replacement of the double-wishbone suspension with a multi-link setup with push-rod dampers.

The lithium polymer batteries are split between the center tunnel and a box mounted behind the cockpit, and can provide a combined output of 480 kilowatts (643 horsepower). Two separate cooling circuits can manage the temperature of the battery packs and related power electronics by either heating or cooling the units as needed.

An extendable front splitter works with the reshaped rear diffuser to increase available downforce beyond what's possible with the standard 6.2-liter-V8-powered SLS. Inside, the electric SLS gets a 10-inch touch screen in the center console. According to reports, this is a drivable prototype, so expect driving impressions to arrive before the production model goes on sale in 2013.



[Source: Automobile]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      and how many corners of the nordschleife before it runs out of juice?
      could even make it round?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great performance, ghastly color, unattractive styling.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I finally saw one in person and it is way better looking on the street.
      • 4 Years Ago
      HA! take that Audi.
        • 4 Years Ago
        barf. I'll take that Audi please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh God, the color...someone turn it off!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      instant money maker.
      Pug_Power
      • 4 Years Ago
      The numbers look promising, but that color is just ghastly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Pug_Power
        Despite being the color of a school bus, I still think the car's awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Needs a HEMI.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That horrendous color does nothing to hide or disguise the clumsy lines of this car
      ergo I am satisfied seing this preview and don't need to see anymore thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I fully expect this car to handle like a champ and accellerate like a bat out of hell. I also expect it to need a full recharge after 2 laps at Leguna Seca.

      -Josh
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL I've seen pics of a non-yellow ICE powered SLS and its a sexy beast, but an electric version! Wow! I think the opinion on the color is unanimous. Electric SLS So Awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The new front splitter is gorgeous. Didn't know MB could make this look even sharper. Now let's work on the paint....impressive performance too. Wonder how much the batteries weigh...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Must say, I like it! The interior is what impresses me just as much as those engine specs though. Can't wait until all high-end car interiors move to gigantic screens for the center console and the odometer.
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