Mercedes Benz SLS AMG electric version car begins road tests; to launch in 2013

December 15, 2009, By Sanjeev Ramachandran


Merc is going electric. An electric variant of the popular Mercedes Benz SLS AMG is almost ready in the luxury car major’s assembly line. The latest buzz is that the company has begun road testing of the e-car. The heavy car will be battery-powered and will easily boast of a range of 110 miles.

Did you notice we said the car is heavy? From what we hear, the electric version would weigh an additional 500 pounds over the gasoline version. This could mean that the vehicles will have a total weight of close to 4,100 pounds. Heavy, indeed! However, motoring experts believe that the added pounds may not be a bother for the users as the car will have a four-wheel drive system.
When Merc makes an electric car, we tend to expect it to give us more than what others have even dreamt of.  It has been clarified that the Electric Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG will use four motors to help generate 525 horsepower. Such kind of power would mean that the car would be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just four seconds! The electric SLS will be driven by three batteries that would return power equal to 525bhp and 649lb ft of torque.
Though the road testing has begun, we don’t expect the car to hit the tarmac so soon. It is being said that a 2013 launch date is what we should be looking yet. Hope it is worth the wait.

(Via AutoCar)

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