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Mercedes Officially Going Electric With the SLS AMG E-Cell

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On: Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 2:23PM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes Officially Going Electric With the SLS AMG E-Cell

Originally introduced last summer, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell is officially go, widening the very slim all-electric supercar market. Mercedes announced the news on Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and tied it into the 125th birthday of the [Benz-invented] automobile.

The SLS AMG E-Cell (which will undoubtedly come in some more flattering colors than that flourescent yellow job) (I hope) puts an electric spin onto Mercedes' gullwinged supercar, delivering 525 hp and 649 lb-ft of torque through a series of four electric motors. The motors are powered by a 48 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The electric drivetrain certainly boosts the AMG SLS' green credentials, and it doesn't cut too much performance off in the process. The E-Cell hits 62 mph in around 4 seconds—just 0.2 seconds slower than the gas gullwing. Top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph. In its prototype built earlier this year, the E-Cell offered a range of around 90 miles, but that's likely to increase in the final production version.

As far as looks, the E-Cell distinguishes itself from the regular, ol' AMG SLS in its LED lights, revised front fascia, and more aggressive rear diffuser. Thankfully, the gullwing doors adorn the SLS AMG with or without battery power.

As you'd expect in a car of this caliber, the E-Cell gets a premium interior with such materials as Nappa leather and Alcantara.

Mercedes announced that the E-Cell will be available from dealers as of 2013. It will likely carry a significant premium over the gas SLS AMG.

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