Mercedes AMG is taking a step into the future with its latest SLS AMG E-Cell. The car features a zero-emission high-tech electric drive boasting 535hp. The gullwing Benz is part of the company strategy entitled "AMG Performance 2015" which aims to continually improve fuel consumption and lower emissions.
With the E-Cell, Mercedes-AMG is providing a glimpse of its latest development project - a powerful and locally emission-free super sports car. This example is finished in fluorescent AMG lumilectric magno paint.
"We take social responsibility very seriously and with the SLS AMG E-Cell we are demonstrating a further milestone in our AMG Performance 2015 strategy. It is our goal to continually reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of new models in the coming years, while at the same time enhancing the core brand value of performance", explains Ola Kallenius, chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The ground-breaking drive system of the technology vehicle boasts some outstanding features including four synchronous electric motors. The four compact electric motors each achieve a maximum rpm of 12,000rpm and are positioned near to the wheels. As a result, compared with wheel-hub motors the unsprung masses are substantially reduced. One transmission per axle transmits the power. The SLS accelerates from zero to 62mph in 4 seconds, which almost puts it on the same high level as the SLS AMG with 6.3L V8 engine developing 571hp, which can accelerate in 3.8 seconds.
Further exciting touches are provided courtesy of the accelerator response and the straight-line performance. Unlike the combustion engine, torque build-up with an electric motor is instantaneous. Maximum torque is available virtually from a standstill. The spontaneous torque build-up and confident power delivery are combined with engine running characteristics, which are totally free of vibration.
The E-Cell drive incorporates a liquid-cooled high-voltage lithium-ion battery featuring a modular design with energy content of 48 kWh and a capacity of 40 Ah. The maximum electric load potential of the battery, which consists of 324 lithium-ion polymer cells, is 480 kW, which is a great value in the automotive sector. Another technical feature of this considerable performance is the intelligent parallel circuit of the individual battery modules - this also helps to maximize the safety, reliability and service life of the battery. The 400-volt battery is charged by means of targeted recuperation during braking while the car is being driven.