Detroit 2011: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

2011 Detroit Auto Show

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.

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