2011 Detroit Auto Show

Detroit 2011: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

Warning: you may go blind when viewing these photos. In light (pun intended) of looking at the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell concept, a pair of sunglasses may be necessary. The electric version of the SLS AMG has 525 hp and 649 lb-ft of torque. This is possible due to the four synchronous electric motors, with each one powering a wheel. Performance wise, it's not too far off from the V8 powered model.

Just for comparison, the E-Cell goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds, with the V8 doing it the same in 3.7 seconds. According to the official press release, "there's a high-performance electronic control system that converts the direct current from the high-voltage battery into a three-phase alternating current which is required for the synchronous motors and regulates the energy flow for all operating conditions." There's also optimum weight distribution and a low center of gravity, something unique for an electric car, considering the amount of weight lithium-ion batteries take up.

The automaker hasn't given an indication as to what can be expected for the car's range and charging time if it were to make production. Alright, we'll just say it: the car looks like a highlighter.

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