A lot of environmentalists celebrated when Mercedes Benz announced its plans to develop a fully-electric version of its SLS AMG supercar. Now nearly after a year of making this announcement, Mercedes Benz has churned out what it deems the first prototype of the electric version of the car. Dubbed the “SLS AMG E-Cell”, this prototype has done away with the standard SLS AMG’s 571HP 6.3-liter V8 petrol engine and replaced it with four electric motors that are placed near the wheels, making the prototype a four-wheel drive model. The electric motors produce a combined output of 392kW (the equivalent of 526HP) and a maximum torque of 880 Nm / 649 lb-ft. One transmission per axle transmits the power. The electric speedster is estimated to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62mph) in just 4.0 seconds.
Electric energy is pumped into the car via a 400-volt, liquid-cooled high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged under braking. The battery modules are located in front of the firewall, in the centre tunnel and behind the seats.
Mercedes Benz reports there is no change in the Gullwing model’s aluminum spaceframe body. The exterior and interior however are not spared from a few design and style changes. Most striking of which is the bright “AMG lumilectric magno” paint job. Besides the paint job, the prototype boasts of a unique front apron with an extendable front splitter, color coded grille trim, revised air vents, dark finish for the mirrors and wheels and a new rear diffuser.
The interior features include displays for speed, charge status, and estimated range, and a new touch-screen infotainment system that operates audio, climate, navigation functions and also displays the flow of power from the four electric motors. The seats, steering wheel, door linings and center console are dressed in a black and white mix of Alacantra and leather.
Although Mercedes Benz is yet to announce when this beauty will go into production, it is rumored that the car will be available in a limited edition around 2013.