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Mercedes-Benz Tests Battery Version of SLS

Could hit the streets by 2013.

by on Mar.02, 2010

You'll have a chance to plug in your own Mercedes-Benz SLS supercar by 2013. (The new SLS Formula One Safety Car is shown here.)

The high-performance Mercedes-Benz SLS has barely had a chance to spread its gullwing doors, but the German maker is already beginning to test an environmentally-friendly version of the supercar that could give the gasoline-powered SLS a run for its money.

Mercedes is setting a target date of 2013 for the launch of its SLS Electric, a lithium-ion-powered version of the 2-seat supercar.  The battery model is expected to pump out a reasonably impressive 525 horsepower, but like all electric vehicles, the real story is on the tire-spinning torque side, and there the numbers soar to 649 pound-feet.  Preliminary tests suggest 0 to 60 times of about four seconds.

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The SLS Electric will use four separate motors, one for each wheel.  The approach is more complicated and costly – but has the advantage of creating a highly controllable version of all-wheel-drive.  Among other things, Mercedes engineers will program in torque vectoring, which will allow them to steer the car through a corner by directing power to one or more specific wheels.