These are the first images of the all-electric version of the Mercedes SLS AMG. It's called the E-cell and, although it is currently a concept, it is slated for production in 2013.
The E-cell is powered by four electric motors, with a pair in each axle and driving all four wheels. Each motor revs to 12,000rpm and all four make a combined 519bhp and 649lb ft of torque.
The battery packs are Lithium polymer and are sited behind the cabin and on the transmission tunnel.
Mercedes is claiming 0-62mph in 4.0secs.
The front electric motors mean the petrol SLS's double wishbone suspension has been abandoned in favour of push-rod dampers and a more compact multi-link set-up.
Other tweaks to the SLS include an extendable front splitter and a larger rear diffuser, so the electric car can generate more downforce than its petrol sister, while inside there's a 10-inch touch-screen display.
I've never understood why none of these electric cars don't incorporate solar panels anywhere? Shirley it would help?! But obviously have a knock on it's apperance.
...Help with what exactly? Running the interior light?!
A solar panel the size of the roof would probably deliver a couple of amps at best in ideal conditions.. these motors are using hundreds of amps.
Every little helps said the man as he pissed in the sea. But i see where you are coming from, the panel would probably only just produce enough juice to move its additional weight over CF panels.
If you left it parked in the sun all day it would probably provide a significant extra charge for the drive home. But there is a weight penalty and it would do little to boost actual range whilst driving.
Why do they do these battery powered things? As if it's feasible to wait 6hrs for a charge. Make it with an on board generator or don't bother.
I reckon that's the future. You charge it up at night - but if you are in danger of running out of battery power the car fires up a "range extender" generator. The existing infrastructure will support "hybrid" cars.