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Mercedes unveils drivetrain for SLS AMG E-CELL EV

ABR Staff Writer Published 12 March 2012

German auto maker Mercedes Benz has unveiled a drivetrain system for its new SLS AMG E-CELL electric vehicle (EV).

The company said that the E-CELL, which has been under development since 2010, is the first electric sports car in its lineup which will utilise the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS).

Mercedes said that the EV incorporates a high-voltage lithium-ion battery system and a permanent all-wheel-drive system with four individual electric motors mounted close to the wheels

The drive train will provide a total combine output of 526 BHP and a peak torque of 880 Nm (649 lb-ft) and will facilitate the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4 seconds.

Three cooling circuits have been incorporated in the EV which include two for the electric motors and one for the battery pack to maximise reliability.

Mercedes said that it will produce only a limited number of the E-CELL electric sports cars and its production will start in 2013.