Mercedes-Benz is within the midst of a significant electric-vehicle push, with a number of fashions within the pipeline. It is a massive change from just some years in the past, when Mercedes’ concept of an electrical automotive was the limited-production SLS AMG Electrical Drive. One among a handful of those electrical gullwing coupes constructed is now on the market via RM Sotheby’s.
Unveiled on the 2012 Paris International Motor Show, the SLS AMG Electrical Drive changed the gas-powered SLS supercar’s 6.2-liter V-8 with four electric motors, which produced a mixed 740 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque—way more than the gasoline model.
Mercedes quoted a 0-60 mph time in 3.9 seconds, which was 0.3 seconds slower than the modern gasoline SLS AMG GT, seemingly owing to the additional weight of the battery pack. Prime pace was electronically restricted to 155 mph, and the Electrical Drive briefly held the Nürburgring lap record for production EVs, with a 7:56.234 lap time.
When the automotive was unveiled, Mercedes quoted a 150-mile vary, as measured on the extra liberal European testing cycle. That vary was supplied by a 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack that weighed about 1,200 kilos. To counteract that weight, Mercedes gave the Electrical Drive a full carbon-fiber monocoque, claiming a 30% weight saving over the gasoline automotive’s aluminum construction.
2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electrical Drive (Photograph by RM Sotheby’s)
This automotive, which boasts the retina-searing Inexperienced Electrical paint colour that was unique to the Electrical Drive, was delivered new to Switzerland and now resides within the Netherlands. It is amassed simply 2,361 miles between two house owners, in keeping with the itemizing. The asking worth is 1.05 million euros (roughly $1.2 million).
That is a giant step up from the automotive’s unique base worth of 416,500 euros, however that is fairly a uncommon beast. Mercedes initially deliberate to construct 100 items, however solely 9 are believed to have truly been produced, in keeping with the itemizing.
The SLS AMG Electrical Drive wasn’t the one high-priced electrical sports activities automotive to fall flat. The Audi R8 E-Tron appeared across the identical time, however in the end fizzled out after a troubled growth course of.
Right this moment, Mercedes is concentrating on extra mainstream EVs, such because the EQC crossover already on sale in Europe. That mannequin isn’t coming to the United States, however the EQS flagship sedan is slated to reach right here later this yr. A bunch of different crossovers and sedans, together with the mid-size EQE sedan and a few compact models, are additionally on the way in which.