Mercedes SLS Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive which is fastest electrically-powered vehicle in the world and also the most powerful AMG till date. This emission free super sports car flaunts technology from the world of Formula One made by the people who supply KERS to the McLaren F1 team. The vehicles takes 20 hours to charge. Before this, it was the B-Class concept which got the ‘Electric Drive’ designation. The model has been developed by Mercedes-Benz tuning division, AMG.

The high performance SLS AMG Electric Drive houses four electric motors which are positioned close to the wheels. These motors produce a combined power output of 740 BHP and a peak torque output of 1000 Nm. This beast accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in a breath taking 3.9 seconds and can reach an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The credit for the enhanced driving dynamics of this car goes to the AMG torque dynamics and wheel-selective all-wheel drive. This helps in torque distribution to individual wheels.

You might be wondering with all that power and performance, the SLS AMG Electric Drive would be very silent, thereby not giving the driver the feel of a sports car. But Mercedes-Benz has taken care of the sound aspect and the vehicle will make desired noises of acceleration, cruising, etc through the 11-speaker sound system of the super car.

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The high voltage battery that gets used in this car comes from the combined efforts of Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains. The model is expected to be out in the German market by July 2013 and would be produced in limited numbers. The price should not come as a surprise even though it would start at a whopping €416,500 which is roughly Rs. 2.84 crore (translated to over Rs. 5 crores in India due to CBU duties).

Mercedes SLS Electric Interiors

Mercedes SLS Electric Motors

SLS AMG Electric Drive

Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive