Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz has introduced the SLS AMG E-Cell, a prototype electric version of its gullwing sports car. The company said that the prototype offers “the prospect of a possible small series production run” and is part of a company strategy, AMG Performance 2015, which aims to continually reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
“We take social responsibility very seriously, and with the SLS AMG E-Cell, we are demonstrating a further milestone in our AMG Performance 2015 strategy,” said Ola Källenius, chairman of Mercedes-AMG.
The car features four synchronous electric motors with a combined peak output of 525 horsepower and 649 lb-ft of torque. The compact motors are positioned near the wheels, each achieving a maximum speed of 12,000 rpm. The vehicle accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in four seconds, almost as fast as the SLS AMG with 6.3-litre V8 engine.
The E-Cell drive incorporates a liquid-cooled, high-voltage lithium-ion battery that is charged by regenerative braking during driving.