Cars Top Gear Loves Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive (VIDEO)

Published on April 4th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


Top Gear Loves Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive (VIDEO)

April 4th, 2014 by  

Originally published on Gas2.

Top Gear has run afoul of electric car fans before, but host Jeremy Clarkson positively charged about the performance of the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive. In a competition of one Mercedes supercar vs. another, the all-electric one comes out on top, albeit with an expensive asterisk.

In previous video segments, Top Gear has been accused by Tesla Motors of slandering their electric Roadster, and other videos have not portrayed EVs or hybrids in what you might call a favorable light, even though Top Gear itself has “gone green” as it were. But those vehicles were all boring, pedestrian cars. The Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive is a 740 horsepower supercar fitted with a Formula One suspension and some of the most advanced EV technology in the world.

This all comes at an enormous price, of course, and as Clarkson shows, using that power liberally results in a battery that depletes at a frantic pace. Still, it’s a joy watching the soundless electric supercar leave its gas-powered competitor in the dust.

It’s a metaphor for the future leaving the past behind, come to life in the form of Mercedes supercars driven by a man who’s finally warming up to electric vehicles.

Source: Top Gear

Drive an electric car? Complete one of our short surveys for our next electric car report.
Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

About the Author

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.

Back to Top ↑
  • Advertisement

  • Advertisement

  • Top Stories On CleanTechnica

  • Advertisement

  • 30 Electric Car Benefits

    Tesla Model 3 Video
  • 10 Top Solar Facts

    solar power facts
  • 50 Tips For Trolling EVs

    BMW i3 green
  • 44 Tips For Trolling Solar

  • CleanTechnica Answer Box

    solar power facts
  • 47 Top CleanTechnica Interviews

    Interview with Michael Liebreich Interview with Akon Tesla Model S Tesla Model X Solar Power Africa Interview with Dr Nawal Al-Hosany Bertrand Piccard Andre Borschberg
  • Our Electric Car Reviews

    Tesla Model 3 Video Tesla Model X Review from new owners Zach Shahan Nissan LEAF Long Term Review from Cynthia Shahan
  • Tesla Model 3 FAQ … Answered!

    Tesla Model 3 side
  • CleanTechnica Electric Car Report

    Electric Cars Early Adopters First Followers
  • Wind & Solar Prices Beat Fossils

    wind solar energy advantages
  • Cost of Solar Panels

  • 7 Reasons Why Solar & Wind Win

    wind solar energy advantages
  • Advantages of Solar Power

    Advantages and Disadvantages Solar Power
  • Join The Solar Revolution!

    Edison-solar-energy solar-energy-spill-nice-day
  • Search the IM Network