Mercedes-Benz is taking the leap into the world of electric supercars with the upcoming release of the all-electric, all-wheel-drive SLS AMG E-Cell, crafted by the luxury automaker’s in-house tuners.
So far, no official specs have been released, but what we do know is that AMG will be controlling torque output to each wheel individually with lithium-ion battery packs, and that the overall performance will meet the AMG’s high standards.
Development is said to be moving along quickly for the SLS AMG E-Cell, and Benz will be taking orders for the supercar around mid-2012, and test drives and delvieries are expected to start in the begining of 2013.
While this is only the first step, Mercedes AMG has plans to use more electric technology in other upcoming models, Ola Kallenius, Chairman of the Board of Management at Mercedes-Benz AMG, told AutoBlog. Electronic drivetrains are also being developed are operating with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) as part of moving forward with the technology.
It will be interesting to see how much power output th AMG tuners can create. So far, we like we see.
Refresher: Power for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-CELL Concept comes from 4 synchronous electric motors, each positioned near to the wheels. All motors have combined output of 526-hp with a maximum torque of 649 lb-ft. With one transmission per axle transmitting power, the SLS AMG E-CELL goes from 0-62 mph 4 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.
– By: Alexandra Koken