Show of Hands – Who Wants the 740-HP, $500K Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive Supercar?

By: | April 11th, 2014

The engineering masterminds at AMG, the performance division of Mercedes-Benz, has introduced the Mercedes SLS AMG ED (Electric Drive), the first truly super sports car.  With this world’s fastest electrically-powered series production vehicle, Mercedes-AMG is entering a new era of a green super sports car.

All wheel drive vehicles are nothing new, neither are electric cars. But when both are combined to power every wheel by its own electric motor, it’s sensational and makes the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive a harbinger of the future.

The high-performance SLS ED is really impressive and guarantees a completely innovative and thrilling driving experience. It could be the most brilliantly revolutionary thing ever created by the engineers at AMG. It is not only the brand’s most powerful car but it’s also the AMG’s quietest model.

Here are some of its features:

  • The SLS ED accelerates from zero to 62 mph or 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds.
  • It has a top speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h.
  • The 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and the software that controls the car were developed by the Formula 1 experts at Mercedes AMG.
  • Power is stored in a 1208-pound lithium-ion battery pack that contains 864 South Korean battery cells encased in a carbon-fiber box.
  • When static, the SLS ED can be charged in 3 hours through an optional 22-kW quick-charge station, when plugged straight into an unmodified wall outlet, a full charge takes up-to 20 hours and that’s with 220 volts.
  • “AMG Torque Dynamics” provides the car with selective all-wheel drive and allows each wheel to be independently powered or braked.
  • SLS ED’s four synchronous electric motors produces a total output of 552 kW (751 hp) and a maximum torque of 1000 Nm (738 lb-ft)
  • The system can be switched amongst comfort, sport, and sport plus modes.

Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive car has given a good competition to the Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series.

Top Gear pitted the two cars against each other on its test track. The SLS ED beats the gasoline version, with its electric motors producing a total output of 751 hp and a maximum torque of 738 lb-ft.  In comparison, the gasoline powered SLS AMG GT churns out 583 hp and 489 lb-ft.

If interested in buying one, the price of an SLS ED is more than $500,000, about twice that of the gasoline version.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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