Electric Goes Mainstream
In a move that’s sure to bring high-performance electric car technology a step closer to the mainstream spotlight, Mercedes-Benz has announced the release of a fully electronic powered version of the seductive gull-winged SLS AMG.
The future of high performance automobiles is undeniably electric. While this much is clear, past stigmatization due to performance or convenience compromises has largely kept electric sports cars sidelined in the realm of the indefinite future. Which is a bit unjust. The future has already arrived.
The future is here
With the introduction of a new wave of electric supercars such as Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster, or the Rimac Automobili Concept One, independent manufacturers proved that there is no longer a need for compromise. Not only do these electric-powered supercars outperform their traditionally powered brethren on the track, they come with a price tag that can challenge all but the absolute elite of the sports car world. Which is where Mercedes-Benz enters the picture. To call a car priced at half a million dollars a bargain is perhaps a bit of an overstatement, but in comparison with the ultra expensive Bugatti Veyron, or the SSC Tuatara, the new SLS AMG Electric Drive does look like a bit of a deal.
Ins and outs
With a mind-blowing 740 hp (552 kw) and 1000 newton meters of torque, the new AMG Electric Drive’s four independent motors make it the most powerful gullwing ever. With a 0-100 km/h time of just 3.9 seconds, the new Electric Drive is only a hair behind the performance of the standard 563 hp V8 model, and a quick-charge time of three hours gives the vehicle a range of 250 km, and a top speed of 250 km/h.
Powertrain aside, the rest of the SLS AMG stays more or less identical to its V8 powered predecessor. The familiar design inspired by the original 300 SL remains and if the wild blue chrome finish used for the car premiered at the 2012 Paris Motor Show isn’t your thing, there will eventually be other options. Which brings us to perhaps the most important point here: not to be confused with a one-off concept ride created just to show off, Mercedes-Benz has announced that the SLS AMG Electric Drive will go into series production with a planned release date for June 2013.
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