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
Then there’s the E-cell’s regenerative braking system. The standard car’s column paddleshift remains, but as the car runs a fixed ratio, they’re relieved of transmission duties. Instead, if you pull and hold the left-hand downshift paddle, a strip of green appears in one of the dials ahead of you and you get maximum regen braking. In fact, it’s the equivalent to a fairly hefty push on the brake pedal. Another paddle prod puts you in ‘sailing’ mode, and you just surf along on all those electrically generated torques in near-silence.
It handles, too. Four-wheel drive gives it great traction from corners, and though it’s much less nimble than its petrol brother it’s still a lot of fun. When the torque vectoring tech is on-line, the electric SLS will be quite something.