Mercedes E-cell: The Electric SLS

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.

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  • Braintax 23 Jun 2010

    It's beautiful, but will sound like a milkfloat frown

  • Goochie 23 Jun 2010

    Westfiled showed their electric 7 type car at the kit car show a few weeks back. It looked quick in a straight line but sounded terrible and provoked shouts of "one pint of semi-skimmed" etc.

  • nsmith1180 23 Jun 2010

    Why kill a stunning car. It should have a V eleventy gazillon engine!

  • JumpinJack 23 Jun 2010

    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.

  • Gary C 23 Jun 2010

    Batteries will probably weigh too much and run out after 20 miles of spirited running.

    PR exercise anyone ?

    Edited by Gary C on Tuesday 22 June 12:24

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