Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive: new video released

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Following the official unveiling at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Mercedes released a new official video starring the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive, the electric driven variant of its famous gullwing supercar. The electric SLS AMG is characterized by a special blue chrome paint job that immediately sets it apart from the other electric cars and comes with four synchronous electric motors, one for each wheel. These permanent-magnet synchronous electric motors, each weighing 45 kg, can achieve a maximum individual speed of 13,000 rpm: this allow the electric SLS to produce a maximum output of 750 horsepower, with no less than 1000 Nm of basically instantaneous torque.

Performance figures are equally impressive - it accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds and can reach an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (just like all Mercs) - but the range ensured by the 60 kWh high-voltage battery, consisting of 12 lithium-ion modules, is not bad at all: 250 km (according to NEDC combined).

Being this an all-electric car, it would have been somewhat inapproriate to give it an AMG tag if it couldn’t produce the characteristic AMG roar, but the engineers from Affalterbach did not look over the matter. In fact they have even developed a tailor-made ’sound’ which reflects the driving situation and the vehicle’s operating state with a suitable driving noise. The Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive will hit the German showrooms in July with a € 416,500 price tag.

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