I have always thought of the Tesla Model S sedan as the fastest, and most beautiful, fully electric production car on the roads, yet now it is time for it to step down and hand the crown on to someone else…the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive.
Mercedes have taken their standard SLS AMG and replaced the 6.2 litre V8 engine with four synchronous electric motors, one for each tyre, which give the car a total of 740bhp and 738lb ft of torque. That's 177bhp and 259lb ft more than the petrol version!
The motors are powered by a 60kWh lithium-ion battery which weighs 548kg, and lays along the centre of the car in the transmission tunnel, and behind the seat where the fuel tanks are normally placed.
This monstrous power plant, combined with the four motors, sends the car from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds (just 0.1 seconds slower than its fossil fuel guzzling brother) and on to a top speed of 155mph (250km/h). The Electric Drive has a range of 155mph, and, thanks to a custom designed 22kW charger it can be fully charged in just 3 hours.
Now for the bad part…the price. In order to own this beautiful car you will have to part with £330,972 ($500,000). That’s more than double the price of the standard car!
By. James Burgess of Oilprice.com The No.1 source for Oil Prices
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