Following in the footsteps of the Porsche 918 Spyder, Mercedes-Benz have announced their own electric supercar called the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell. The car is based on the gasoline powered SLS AMG and looks just as beautiful as that car. If you’re lucky enough to own the electric version, you’d be able to sleep better at night knowing you blasted around on the autobahn at 200 mph without creating too much pollution (other than the tire smoke).
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell has 526 horsepower and 649 pound feet of torque and can reach zero to 60 miles per hour in four seconds and the engine can rev up to 12,000 rpm (numbers provided by Mercedes-Benz). The car is powered by four engines, each engine powering a wheel and is placed low in the car for improved handling. Electricity is stored in 324 cells in its lithium-polymer batteries which are placed in front of the firewall, in the center tunnel and behind the driver and passenger seats.
The SLS AMG E-Cell comes with huge 18.5 inch brakes in the front and 14.2 inch brakes in the back. These brakes also act as a generator for recharging the batteries during deceleration periods.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the SLS AMG E-Cell will be produced in 2013 and should cost around $300,000 and will be produced in limited quantities.
[Source: Automobile Mag]