The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-cell prototype has been introduced, which is a battery electric version of the standard SLS AMG supercar. It's something of a strange combination, that of a supercar and a drive to be environmentally friendly as most supercars are the exact opposite. But that is possibly reason enough for some of the big car manufacturers to put some effort into the area. All new vehicles seem to have some kind of eco-friendly aim to them, so why should supercars be left out?
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-cell prototype is fast and friendlyOnto the important details. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-cell prototype manages to complete 0-100km/h in just 4 seconds, which is rather impressive given the general impression on the performance of electric vehicles. The SLS produces 526 hp and each of it's 4 engines produce up to 12000rpm.
An interesting point about the batteries is that in order to produce such a massive amount of power, they require a lot of temperature monitoring. During extreme heat the car aircon even kicks in to cool down the batteries, while at low temperatures the batteries are heated to ensure they maintain an ideal running temperature.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-cell prototype still has a long way to go before eventually hitting the markets. It will no doubt be produced in very small numbers but it does hint at a future of electric supercars.