Mercedes-Benz drops details on SLS AMG E-Cell (+video)

Mercedes-Benz drops details on SLS AMG E-Cell (+video)

Mercedes-Benz has just released details of its newest creation the SLS AMG E-Cell Prototype. The E-Cell isn’t a hybrid but is fully electric-powered receiving its energy from lithium-ion polymer battery modules. The battery packs are stored in the centre tunnel just behind the two seats.

Surprisingly, only minimal adjustments were required to accommodate the new powertrain, but a new suspension set-up of a independent multilink front with pushrod damper struts was needed.

In terms of power, there is a drop over the petrol vehicle but not by a lot. The E-Cell produces 392 kW (526 bhp) and max torque of 880 Nm. Apparently the battery pack has a maximum load potential of 480 kW (644 bhp). This will enable the prototype to sprint from 0 – 100kph in just 4 seconds, which is close in performance to the petrol version. Details on range and battery recharge times have not been released by Mercedes.

Keeping the temperature down are two cooling circuits, a special front fascia that assists airflow under the body and can be controlled by the driver through a cabin-fitted button. The SLS’s optional ceramic composite brakes are fitted.

For exterior looks there is a wider front grille, LED headlights, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels with 265/35 and 295/30 tyres respectively.

The interior features a unique AMG instrument cluster with the usual gauges and a display for charge status. There is a mix of leather and Alcantara for the seats and a 10-inch touch main control screen.

There has been no announcement for possible launch dates but the SLS AMG E-Cell is part of Mercedes’ 2015 strategy of reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

Check out images of the E-Cell in the gallery below, and a short video of the vehicle.

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