Shock therapy: Merc’s electric SLS
TopGear does the morning rounds in the world’s fastest milk-float: the all-electric Mercedes SLS E-cell
Posted: 05 May 2011
Not in the AMG Mercedes' SLS E-cell, it isn't. Push the over-long accelerator pedal once you're rolling, and three things happen simultaneously. The first sees the release of a big, beautiful hit of pure energy that will warp you up the road in a way utterly unlike anything you've ever experienced before. This prompts the second response, an expletive-laden outburst we can't reproduce here. The third is the realisation that you are sampling the Future. With a capital F.
Not that electric vehicles are a new concept. In fact, electric propulsion was more popular than internal combustion when the car was in its infancy. But industry realpolitik, particularly in the US, not to mention the greater range and flexibility that petrol-powered vehicles soon provided, conspired to drive the EV up a philosophical cul-de-sac. And there it stayed for most of the stupidly oil-happy 20th century.