Mercedes-Benz set the stage at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show with an announcement that the SLS AMG E-Cell will be put into production as part of the company’s "AMG Performance 2015." This company strategy aims to continually reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

"We take social responsibility very seriously and with the SLS AMG E-CELL we are demonstrating a further milestone in our "AMG Performance 2015" strategy. It is our goal to continually reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of new models in the coming years, while at the same time enhancing the core brand value of performance", explains Ola Källenius, chairman of the board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

With a total output of 525 HP and a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds, the SLS AMG E-Cell will be one of the faster electric sports car on the market.

Updated 09/11/2012: The first prototypes of the next SLS AMG E-Cell have been caught testing for the first time.

Hit the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell.


2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell Exterior
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The future E-Cell will be distinguished as an AMG model, but with its own distinctive look. It will feature dynamically shaped full-LED headlamps with integrated daytime driving lights, wider radiator grille with transverse slats, modified air outlet openings, and all the detachable parts will be finished in matte black.

For the E-Cell model, the front apron will be brought further forward in order to optimize airflow in the underbody. The exhaust system has been replaced with a rear diffuser that features a steeper angle. The whole look is completed by AMG 10-spoke light-alloy wheels featuring a new, smooth-surfaced design and are fitted with 265/35 R 19 (front) and 295/30 R 20 (rear) tires.


For the interior, both the instrument cluster and the center console will feature a new design. Thanks to the new AMG instrument cluster, the driver can get any and all information on the car’s speed, battery charge status, and estimated range. The newly designed center console now houses a 25 cm touchscreen, which driver and passenger can use to conveniently operate all of the audio, climate, and navigation functions, and also obtain information on the flow of power from the four electric motors.

High-voltage lithium-ion battery

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell Drivetrain
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While the SLS AMG features a 571 HP 6.3-liter V8 engine, the E-Cell version will be powered by a a liquid-cooled high-voltage lithium-ion battery featuring a modular design with an energy content of 48 kWh and a capacity of 40 Ah. The maximum electric load potential of the battery, which consists of 324 lithium-ion polymer cells, is 480 kW. The battery will be charged by means of targeted recuperation during braking whilst the car is being driven. Also, Mercedes has promised a total output of 525 HP and a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds.

The SLS AMG E-Cell will be offered with an independent multilink suspension with pushrod damper struts and AMG ceramic composite brakes. A very important feature will be the speed-sensitive power steering with rack-and-pinion steering gear. The power assistance is implemented electro-hydraulically rather than just hydraulically.


2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell High Resolution Exterior
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By the time the SLS AMG E-Cell goes on sale, the market will already offer models like the Audi R8 E-Tron and the Porsche 918 Spyder. The Audi R8 Etron concept is powered by four different motors, but those motors combined can only deliver 313hp. Porsche has yet to reveal the final specifications for the 918 Spyder, but the concept version is powered by a 500-horsepower V8, along with a pair of electric motors with 109 horsepower each. There is also a lithium-ion battery back that could give drivers 16 miles of emissions-free driving.

When Can I Buy One?

Do not expect to see this model on the market before 2013. As for the prices, it will be higher than most of us will be able to pay.

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  (509) posted on 10.8.2012

i just looked over the competition and i see one big problem for mercedes. TIME. the competitors have the cars already or will have them sooner then 2015. they will have the second generation out by then!

  (422) posted on 10.8.2012

@snow: you do realize this is mercedes we are talking about. they are not that stupid to give you all that power and only 10 minutes of using it.

  (422) posted on 10.8.2012

what i would love more than a 500+ HP electric car would be one that’s 75 HP but it has a 500km range.

  (452) posted on 10.8.2012

this car isn’t green. it’s yellow all along. mercedes has been lying to us. kidding smiley. i bet it will be a great car.

  (475) posted on 10.8.2012

lots of things can happen until 2015. it’s a long time by then. we shall see.

  (509) posted on 10.8.2012

the car looks awesome and i bet it will be great.

  (516) posted on 10.8.2012

although it is a race car, we all tend to forget one thing: that is the radious this car offers? i mean, you do want to get to the track, race AND go back hope in one charge, right?

  (542) posted on 10.8.2012

the looks of the car are great, but then again, it uses the sls amg’s body. so no wonder there. i’m curious about its performances.

  (382) posted on 04.25.2012

It has a fashionable exterior and an impressive engine, which is what I’m looking for in a car.

  (448) posted on 09.8.2011

Yeah, the styling of the car is kind of great though I’m not sure that it will offer a high speed performance due to its heavy door. It seems that we need to wait before the actual debut of the car.

  (256) posted on 09.8.2011

The gull wing door of the car is quite awesome and it doesn’t affect the figure performance of the vehicle. I prefer that it will use a red paint job other than yellow!BTW, I bet this would be a gas guzzler.

  (382) posted on 08.11.2011

I really doubt the reliability of electric vehicle. Well, the figure performance of the car is kind of impressive. Plus, the aggressive styling of the vehicle.

  (594) posted on 08.11.2011

The gullwing of the car makes it quite sporty and aggressive! It’s a good thing that the figure performance doesn’t affect the weight of the vehicle! BTW, it’s faster in terms of 0-60 mph.

  (592) posted on 08.3.2011

People who want to buy a vehicle now will consider this one, but the date of production will be on 2015. It will be a long wait if you really want to have a car now and one more thing, don’t forget that it is an electric car.

  (302) posted on 07.26.2011

The car appears fabulous in yellow and with its wings, it will have a high percentage of sale. Apparently, not just Lamborghini can make this one. You’ve done a good job Mercedes.

  (472) posted on 03.16.2011

Wow, an electric SLS AMG, now this one is definitely a sight to see. One thing though, I wonder how it will perform when fut side by side with a petrol powered SLS.

  (375) posted on 03.15.2011

I think Lamborghini is the only one that make a car look fabulous and luxurious in yellow.
While looking at it I think it suddenly hurt my eyes! And excluding the wings no more good in this car.

  (341) posted on 03.15.2011

that’s the ugliest part of an electric car is they actually remove the fun driving experience though it has an impressive technology. And i think the only good on its exterior is the wings and nothing else.

  (40) posted on 03.14.2011

Im pretty sure that if one is looking at buying even a regular SLS AMG they arent too worried about the price...

  (498) posted on 03.9.2011

having a four separate motor is much expensive than a single motor. They are putting separate motors so that it will make it lower unsprung mass thus better handling and superb vectoring.

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