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
E-cell engineer Daniel Semmler admits that there is still lots to do. Battery technology is ever-evolving, so their energy and power density can only improve. They'll get lighter too, which will help the car's balance. A range of 60-130 miles is another limiting factor, and though the E-cell can be quick-charged in under an hour, standard re-charging procedure is nearer eight hours. Assuming the infrastructure is in place. And because we don't live in Norway, there's the small matter of where our electricity comes from. Britain's coal-fired power stations aren't that clean, and we don't have the funds to pay for all the nuclear powerplants we need. Or the stomach.
Not that AMG is selling the SLS E-cell as the Holy Grail. It's one answer of many. It not only demonstrates what can be done, it shows that it works. These guys are very clever and very committed. Imagine where they'll be in five years' time.