Friday, July 16, 2010

Green super car by Mercedes-Benz

At the 2009 Frankfurt auto show while showing new SLS AMG super car, Mercedes-Benz said it would also build an electric version of the SLS and now Mercedes-Benz has released photos and specs for the SLS AMG E-Cell.
This vehicle uses the SLS AMG's body, the 6.3-liter V-8 engine with four electric motors, one positioned near each wheel. Combined with a 400-volt lithium ion battery pack producing 48 kilowatt hours, the SLS AMG E-Cell gets to 60 mph in 4 seconds, just .3 seconds slower than the gasoline-powered version.
The four electric motors and battery pack give this electric super car 526 horsepower and 649 pound-feet of torque, a little less than the 563 horsepower afforded by the gasoline engine. Unlike the SLS AMG, the SLS AMG E-Cell has all-wheel-drive due to the four electric motors, which could give it a cornering advantage.
Mercedes-Benz has not mentioned the SLS AMG E-Cell's range.
The SLS AMG E-Cell keeps the ceramic brakes of its gasoline equivalent, but also gets regenerative braking. Further, liquid cooling and a heating element keep the battery pack at optimum temperature for long life.

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