Mercedes to Produce a Fully Electric Gullwing

Aug 07, 2009 by Miranda Marquit weblog
Mercedes Gullwing. Image Source: Luxist.com.

(PhysOrg.com) -- While it may be inherently wasteful to enjoy luxury cars, it can still be fun to look at -- and even drive -- them. And, if you are concerned about the environmental impact of such cars, you can breath a little easier. At least if your idea of luxury includes the Mercedes-Benz Gullwing. Mercedes-Benz recently confirmed that it will be producing an all-electric version of the SLS AMG Supercar.

The specs on this car are tantalizing to luxury lovers: 526 horsepower, 649 pound-feet of torque, 0 to 60 in four seconds. Gas 2.0 reports on how the new electric Gullwing will be powered:

"The motors will be fueled by a 400-volt liquid cooled, high-voltage pack delivering 40 Ah of current. The packs will run down the center of the chassis. They can be charged via an electrical outlet and also through regenerative braking.

Since an electric version of the car was considered during its design, no modifications will be needed to the car's lightweight aluminum frame. In fact, the electrical version is expected to perform on par with the petro-based SLS. Well, except it will be quieter than its V-8 sibling."

Clearly, becoming electric will not diminish the appeal of the Gullwing for those who like their cars fast and strong.

As the move toward EVs becomes more fashionable, we are likely to continue to see high-end versions of luxury cars. (And of sports cars and muscle cars that are electric.) However, these automobile wonders do not address the problems inherent to using electricity: It's still coming from polluting oil and coal sources in many cases. I may reduce my gasoline use with an EV, but I'm still using when I plug the car in to recharge.

While the transition to hybrids and all-electric cars is a step in a direction that is more environmentally friendly, until we start using more clean technology to power our grid, the steps made will be small indeed.

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idaho
5 / 5 (1) Aug 07, 2009
The big problem of solar or wind power is storing energy. electric cars can not only store the energy but when the batteries no longer provide usable range in the car they could be added to a houses storage.
earls
5 / 5 (1) Aug 07, 2009
The race is on - will it be RT Superconductors or (ultra) ultra-capacitors?!
WithOneT
3.5 / 5 (8) Aug 07, 2009
Why is it wasteful to enjoy a luxury car? Please keep your personal beliefs of hating the rich and/or successful out of your articles. It cheapens your writing.
John_balls
2.8 / 5 (4) Aug 07, 2009
Why is it wasteful to enjoy a luxury car? Please keep your personal beliefs of hating the rich and/or successful out of your articles. It cheapens your writing.

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!
DozerIAm
2 / 5 (1) Aug 07, 2009
as usual, these ev articles are frustrating in what they don't mention that they should have:

range - sure "the electrical version is expected to perform on par with the petro-based SLS", but... for how long and/or how far? One or two "pedal to the metal" 0 - 60 runs? An hour of "regular" driving?

charge time and charge restrictions - how long will it take to charge up using a 15 amp / 110 volt household outlet and a standard 3 prong (grounded) 16 gauge (13 amp) extension cord? Can it even be charged this way, or does it need a proprietary charging device?
Ethelred
5 / 5 (1) Aug 08, 2009
Its a SECRET.

Follow the Link Luke. But even then its still a secret.

There was no mention of where Mercedes will be picking up these fancy EV parts but I am sure parent corporation Daimler will have some say in it. Daimler owns a big chunk of Tesla Motors. Also undisclosed is the vehicles%u2019 range on a single charge.


Also secret is when, where and whether the thing will see the light of day or the gloom of night. No sign of the existence of a prototype either. So far it has all the reality of Duke Nukem For Never. Which is by far the most entertaining piece of vaporware of all time.

Ethelred
PPihkala
5 / 5 (1) Aug 08, 2009
For those that think that electric cars don't affect the pollution because they still rely on fossil fuel powered electricity, one must realize that well-to-axle efficiency is much better in EV than in ICE. It's also much cheaper to handle any pollution coming from large industrial plants than from thousands of cars and trucks, fitting each one with these things that increase the weight of vehicles, and therefore makes them less efficient. So the future will be EVs, when the battery tech is good enough. Another point is that when we have EV's powered first with fossils, it's incremental move to replace those plants with solar or wind or whatever nonpolluting source one wants. That is much easier than replace millions of vehicles to next technology. Or the owners themselves can install their own solar charging to pay less for transport, when photovoltaic cells are more economical. EV's are more flexible regarding their source of energy than are ICE's.

Until that time, we probably want to implement the diesel-gasoline motor that was proposed here just last week. It promises 50% efficiency instead of current 25% of gasoline efficiency today. And because of that it's also less polluting.
CBshadow
5 / 5 (1) Aug 08, 2009
Electricity is a step forward to common efficiency, I like to think of it as preparing. It's nice to have an electric car that has a set too.

Cheers
Lord_jag
1 / 5 (1) Aug 11, 2009
See?! Electric cars don't have to look like ASS!
Ethelred
not rated yet Aug 11, 2009
Have you seen Nina Hartley's ass in the 1980s? Or Sophia Loren's EVER. Whats wrong with a car looking like ass?

Ethelred
DozerIAm
not rated yet Aug 12, 2009
Grumble - how the heck did I get a "2" for a valid gripe on the lack of specifics in a "scientific" article? Any why the heck do I care?