Mercedes Benz originally announced that they were going to have a production ready EV version of the SLS AMG super car by 2015. However it looks like things are happening ahead of schedule, rumors are saying that we may see an electrified SLS as early as this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The SLS eDrive, as it is being called, will be offered with the same lightweight aluminum chassis as the standard SLS’s heavily modified RWD platform. In order to go green the front suspension had to be redesigned and the dampeners now lay horizontally as opposed to the standard car’s upright double wishbone suspension in order to free up space for the pair of 133 HP electric motors that will make the SLS a four wheel drive.
The eDrive will develop a total of 532 HP from the four spinning electromagnets, although that is not as much power as the standard car’s 571 HP, it will still accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in under 4.0 seconds. You won’t get too far from home with the eDrive’s approximate 100 mile range, but that is a small price to pay for driving a zero emissions super car.