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Mercedes creates the most powerful Electric Vehicle


We talk a lot about electric vehicles on this blog, but we’ve rarely if ever mentioned Mercedes in this subject, however that will be corrected today because we’re going to talk about the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive.

The SLS AMG Electric Drive is expected to become the most powerful electric production car when it eventually hits the road in June 2013.

The EV is technically more powerful than the V8-powered German muscle car on which it is based on and only slightly slower, even though one has to keep in mind that this one burns no fossil fuels whatsoever.

The SLS EV manages this feat by featuring four electric motors, each of them being responsible for driving each wheel, so this also gives it the benefit of constant all-wheel drive traction.

The four motors produce 552kW of power and generate 1000Nm of torque, thus making it the most powerful AMG ever, because it easily outstrips the naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 that is only capable of 420kW/650Nm.

All of that potential for instant power translates into a 0-100km/h spring time of 3.9 seconds, only very slightly lower than the petrol-powered Gullwing or the Tesla Roadster Sport EV – which has been discontinued.

The lithium-ion battery pack however, takes up to twenty hours to recharge when connected to a standard household power point, however when using the fast-charge system it can be recharged in about three hours.

I think we can all agree that the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive offers some dizzying numbers, but you should be ready for the largest one, its price: 416,500 Euros or $517,000.

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