Written by Glenn Doyle ▼

The world's first production electric supercar

The world's first production electric supercar

The race to build the world's first production-ready electric supercar is over, with Mercedes-Benz revealing its 740hp, battery-powered SLS AMG.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive was unveiled last year at the Paris Motor Show and will be launched in markets from this year.

The all-electric SLS AMG will be powered by four electric motors with a combined output of 740hp and 1,000Nm. The transmission on-board the electric vehicle will allow each motor to selectively drive all four wheels.

More impressively is the fact that this all-electric vehicle will be able to accelerate from 0-62mph in a mind-boggling 3.9 seconds - faster than famous and acclaimed supercars such as the Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari F430 Spyder, Lotus Exige and Aston Martin DBS.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive will incorporate a liquid-cooled, 400V lithium-ion battery - rated to 60kWh. The 548kg battery pack is comprised of twelve modules, each further made up of 72 lithium-ion cells.

When static, the SLS AMG Electric Drive can be charged in three hours via an optional 22kW quick-charge station, whereas it will take a longer twenty hours, for a full charge, when plugged straight into an unmodified wall outlet.

The new electric SLS AMG features a carbon fibre monocoque, bonded to an aluminium space frame, which houses the vehicle's aforementioned lithium-ion battery. These materials help to reduce the car's overall weight and allow it to reach its full power-potential on the road.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive will start at €435,000 in European markets and deliveries are expected to begin before the end of the year.

However, at more than double the cost of its gas-guzzling sibling, the SLS AMG Electric Drive may need to reduce its price before it can perform competitively with other supercars.

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