The zero emissions supercar uses four electric motors with a combined output of 392 kW (526 hp) and 880 Nm (649 lb-ft) of torque.
Mercedes has announced new details about the SLS AMG with electric drive.
The zero emissions supercar will use four electric motors with a combined output of 392 kW (526 hp) and 880 Nm (649 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the car to rocket from 0-100 km/h in around 4 seconds, which puts it on par with the standard SLS AMG (0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds).
According to Mercedes, the motors are positioned near the wheels and are connected to one transmission per axle. This unique setup effectively gives the SLS AMG eDrive an intelligent all-wheel-drive system which optimizes power to each individual wheel.
The center tunnel of the SLS eDrive is dominated by a massive liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery with an energy content of 48 kWh and a capacity of 40 Ah (at 400 V). While details are limited, the battery is recharged by a regenerative braking system and a traditional plug-in unit.
Since Mercedes planned an electric SLS from an early standpoint, the company engineered the car to retain the same low center of gravity and balanced weight distribution as the petrol powered model. The foresight also allows Mercedes to build the electric SLS without making costly changes to the car's aluminum spaceframe.
In a statement, Mercedes-AMG GmbH's CEO Volker Mornhinweg said, "With the SLS AMG with electric drive, we wanted to redefine the super sports car. For us, it is not just about responsibility. We attach just as much importance to excitement and classic AMG performance."