Electric cars have come a long way since the ’90s, when General Motors put a bullet in the head of their EV1 all-electric whip after demand never reached the levels they hoped. These days, car companies both big (Nissan, Honda, Ford) and small (Tesla, Coda) are cranking out cars that’ll never use a drop of gasoline in their lives—even in spite of flaws like a short range and long charging times.
But you know what kind of rides usually aren’t driven far, and spend a lot of time sitting around the garage? Supercars. So when Mercedes-Benz was looking for something stylish to showcase their electric car skills, they just looked across their lineup to the SLS AMG. Gone is the honkin’ 6.2 liter V8 and seven-speed dry-clutch automatic; in its place, the SLS AMG Electric Drive (as Benz calls it) provides each wheel with its own electric motor. The car’s total output: 740 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque—significantly more than the gas-powered SLS AMG. Plus, due to the way electric motors work, all 738 lb-ft is available the instant the driver’s foot touches the
gas accelerator, so it should take off like whoa! Mercedes claims a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds, but we bet it’ll do it quicker. Top speed: 155 mph.
Mercedes isn’t saying how far the SLS Electric Drive will go on a full charge, or how long it’ll take to top off the electric tank, but we’d suggest anyone cravin’ one of these not to plan any drives more than 150 miles long in one…and plan on spending at least six hours with a 220V wall plug to get your power back. But check out that chrome body…[Shout-out to Mercedes-Benz!]