Closer-to-production Mercedes-Benz SLS eDrive supercar coming this year

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

There are reports that a more production-like version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive will be introduced later this year. The full-production version of the model, which was previewed in mid-2009, will be available in 2013, according to AMG managing director Volker Mornhinweg.

Powering Mercedes' electric sports car are four electric motors, which offer an awesome combined peak output of 392 kW (525 hp) and a maximum torque of 880 Nm. The vehicle has an estimated range of 180 km (112 miles).

The four electric motors, which are positioned near the wheels, reduce the unsprung masses compared to wheel-hub motors. The test SLS AMG with electric drive combines a liquid-cooled high-voltage lithium-ion battery with an energy content of 48 kWh and a capacity of 40 Ah.

The 400-volt battery is charged by using brake energy regeneration. Mornhinweg explained that AMG picked out the SLS to be converted because the car is easier to mold into an EV.

He added that the concept car is "perfect" for e-drive since the combustion engine and transaxle can be taken out and no changes are necessary to the body in white.

He also said that AMG can insert two motors with the gearbox in the rear, two motors and the gearbox in the front, and take the centre console as a battery place, making it "look like a T," which he considers to be "perfect."

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