With alternative powertrains staking a larger claim in the mainstream, it's simply a matter of time before automakers begin adapting the technology for performance applications. The in-house tuning division of Mercedes-Benz won't be left behind, and we'll see the first all-electric AMG product by the end of next year.

Mercedes will begin taking orders for the SLS AMG E-Cell towards the middle of 2012, with test drives and deliveries slated to begin late next year and in early 2013. Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management at Mercedes-Benz AMG, says development of the all-wheel-drive, all-electric supercar is moving along at a brisk pace, although official specs, range and curb weight haven't been firmed up just yet. However, Källenius is confident that despite the additional weight of the lithium-ion battery packs occupying the torque tube tunnel, performance will be exceptional, particularly with AMG's ability to independently control torque output to each wheel via the four electric motors.

But the SLS AMG E-Cell is only the first step – even though it's a massive leap forward for the brand. Electric drivetrains and implementing some sort of a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) will be part of AMG products in the future, although Källenius won't commit to saying which models would benefit from the technology. "We must look at everything," Källenius told Autoblog, and utilizing alternative powertrains in the pursuit of ultimate performance will be key to AMG's tire-shredding efforts in the future.


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      Carac
      • 3 Years Ago
      They take one of the most appealing aspects of the SLS (the rumble, snort, crackle, pow) and take it away. Bluntly put: No rumble, no care.
        Abe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carac
        well we can't use gasoline for ever. what then?
          PatrickH
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Abe
          Algae is being engineered to produce oil. We'll have gasoline powered engines for a looooooooong time.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Abe
          Biofuel. And proper stuff that doesnt need to come from perfectly edible corn.
      patrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      This will not be somthing I would want. The v8 is the only way to go, an electric version is a waste. If I can afford the car, I can afford the fuel. Drill Here Drill Now.
      Stick Bogart
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mercedes should NEVER go green. what a joke.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Jason Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the product of the buy-in to Tesla. Mercedes is letting the wealthy pay much of the large upfront costs in their first switch to electric cars. Car execs get crap from negative nancy's if they try to market affordable EV's AND when they try to make supercar EV's AND tesla gets crap too, for trying to go inbetween those extremes. That said, I really don't like the SLS in any guise (convertable is ok).