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Mercedes-AMG Goes Green with Electric SLS

From the outside, the Mercedes Benz SLS-e AMG looks mostly similar to its internal combustion counterpart, however, this model packs an electric powertrain that promises better performance on the road.

The  SLS-e runs on four electric engines, each positioned near its corresponding wheel. The gullwing-door two-seater can hit 100kph in four seconds, with a combined power rating of 392 kilowatts (or 525 horses) and a torque of 650 Newton-meters. The relatively heavy weight of the three battery packs (with a combined capacity of 400V) are positioned throughout the entire length of the vehicle for better weight distribution.

The electric system is so powerful that two separate cooling system are required for the engines and battery packs. Rounding up the eco-friendly design is a pair of LED headlights, and redesigned aerodynamics at the back to accommodate the lack of an exhaust.

AMG remains mum about specific pricing and availability details, so stay tuned.

AMG shows High Voltage Gullwing SLS E-Cell

  • thesupermedium
    So roughly 500 horsepower in a electric... What's the range? If you start cramming batteries into a sports car it begins to corner a bit like an SUV. Still, I'll bet it'll be sweet.
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  • outacontrolpimp
    Piece of $***! Why the hell do they make these cars. If anyone would buy a$200,000 car it would be for luxury not performance. Can anyone drive over 80mph without getting caught? Make a $50,000 version and I might actually see one in my lifetime
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  • Shadow703793
    The relatively heavy weight of the three battery packs (with a combined capacity of 400V)
    Battery capacity is usually measured in Amp Hours. Not volts.
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  • bogcotton
    Shadow703793Battery capacity is usually measured in Amp Hours. Not volts.
    I noticed this on another Tom's article.

    The word capacity implies a store of energy, which is measured in joules or Kilowatt hours (or watt seconds, it's all joules).

    Volts are used to measure a potential difference between two points, and doesn't give you much information if you don't know the resistance of the system or the current it can sustain.

    The power from an electric motor is related to the current running through it, so giving a measure of the kind of amps it can handle would be good.

    Or just a range if you push it at full throttle until it runs out of juice.
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  • blasterth
    A 525 HP car, shouldn't be called green. This car will be charged with electricity, that in most cases isn't a green energy and this car will need a lot of it. For example 50% of USA Electricity is produced with coal (probably the less green energy on this planet). I'm pretty sure a low emission fuel car will produce less CO2 of this one (if you count the CO2 produced in making the electricity used by it). But yes it is "greener" than a 500 HP fuel car ...
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  • tearlach2
    How fast does this charge 400 volts? What if I only wanted to go to the store and it was empty and I only needed like 30 volts to get to the store and back, so how many volts per second is the charger rated?
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  • Gin Fushicho
    How quickly does it recharge? and how long does a single charge last?
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  • thejerk
    Electric motors, internal combustion engines. Please use the correct terminology.
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  • BulkZerker
    outacontrolpimpPiece of $***! Why the hell do they make these cars. If anyone would buy a$200,000 car it would be for luxury not performance. Can anyone drive over 80mph without getting caught? Make a $50,000 version and I might actually see one in my lifetime
    Its because it electric 1. And if you think a high prrice means it has to be luxurious then you haave never, ever, thought about driving a car to a track have you? A car this price, with only 2 seats has that in mind. Being able to drive it to the track, flog the piss out of it then drive it back with ice cold ac and high quality sound. And maybe a quick stop at your fave restaraunt on the way home too.


    Afaiak... wonder if the motors and batteriees can take the strain f being flogged for an entire charge. Asw well as the rechargve time.
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  • jeffunit
    The tesla roadster does 0-60 in 3.7 seconds with 288 horsepower.
    This car has almost twice the power, and yet is slower. Is it made out of concrete bricks?
    The GM EV-1 did 0-60 in 8 seconds with 137hp.


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