After introducing the B-Class F-CELL fuel-cell car, Mercedes-Benz revealed today the new A-Class E-CELL, its second electric car built in series-production conditions.
The new car which will be produced in a limited run of 500 units, will be built at Rastatt from autumn 2010. As expected, it is powered by two high-efficiency lithium-ion batteries which provide a total range of over 124 miles (NEDC) or 200 km.
The batteries deliver a total output of 95 hp and a maximum torque of 290 Nm. It can accelerate from 0 to 37 mph (60 km/h) in just 5.5 seconds, while the sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) is made in 14 seconds.
Top speed is electronically limited at 93 mph or 150 km/h. Due to the batteries installed, the new car offers a low centre of gravity, which means that it has an excellent road-holding and sprightly handling characteristics.
Regarding the battery cooling system, the car features a thermomanagement system is based on a low-temperature cooling circuit that keeps the batteries cooled to within an optimum temperature window.
The system is cooled using a water-glycol mixture. The new A-Class E-CELL can be recharged using single-phase 230-volt sockets, three-phase sockets in a household wall-box, and public recharging points.
Using a single-phase 230-volt network, it takes around eight hours’ charging time to accumulate the energy required for a range of 62 miles (NEDC) or 100 km. This time is reduced to just three hours in the case of charging from a wall-box or at a roadside recharging point.