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Published on March 7th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown


Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Supercar — More Details Revealed

March 7th, 2013 by  

Daimler (the parent company of Mercedes-Benz) has revealed more specifications of the electric version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive. Image Credit: Mercedes-Benz.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive. Image Credit: Mercedes-Benz.

Here are the currently released specs of this beautiful car:

  • 740 HP propulsion system.
  • 738 foot-pounds of torque.
  • A top speed of 155 MPH.
  • 0 to 60 MPH acceleration time of 3.9 seconds. Despite the heavy weight of electric vehicles, their high-torque motors can still get them going quickly.
  • 60 kWh battery bank. This is large enough to power about 40 American homes simultaneously for an hour. This battery pack weighs 1,200 pounds.
  • A curb weight of 4,600 pounds.
  • Plays sounds when starting, stopping, and moving. (Personally, I think it is time for people to let go of engine sounds, if they are not real — there is no point in bothering with them!)

Maybe I should start mentioning the number of houses electric car batteries can power, since they can be used (with the right infrastructure) to back up the electricity grid. We are moving towards a future in which electric cars may actually be used to back up solar, wind, and other power plants. Utility company CEOs and others have been discussing this for awhile. What do you think — should we start including number of houses electric car batteries can power in such posts?

Before getting to excited about this Mercedes supercar, you might want to check out the price tag. The electric Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is to be sold for $538,000 (i.e a whole ton of monopoly money). Nonetheless, the green light has been given for production. Good for those in the 0.01% who want to drive an electric supercar.

While this may not seem relevant to most of us, however, because of the high price, the technology resulting from the research and development of such a high-end vehicle — a vehicle pushing the boundaries of technology —  could trickle down to lower-end technologies. It’s likely that it will. What Mercedes learns from this fun project could help the company (or others) design cheaper mid-range electric vehicles for the masses. We’ll see.

Source: Gas 2.0 


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