We have a further proof that Electric Cars don't need to be boring and that premier auto brands are taking this EV game seriously. Battery makers are following the trend with recent Lithium deals to secure supply of strategic materials to power Electrification.
"The more we have toys like this in the design studios the better: they will lead to the practical EVs on the streets and idea that somebody is spending money during recession on exercises with EV like this is very encouraging. Automakers are giving a very serious consideration to the Electric Cars now."
Further proof that electric cars don't need to be boring comes from Mercedes-Benz, whose latest concept, the SLS E-Cell, is almost as quick as the standard V8-engined SLS. It uses four electric motors (one for each wheel) to dash from 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds.
Finished in fluorescent 'lumilectric magno' paint, this is Mercedes-Benz's eye-catching new electric-powered SLS AMG E-Cell development project.
Telegraph.co.uk: By David Williams
Published: 2:47PM BST 06 Jul 2010
The zero-emission SLS AMG E-Cell boasts a power output of 535hp and 868lbs of torque, giving it a 0-62mph time of four seconds - that's almost as fast as its 6.2-litre V8-powered SLS AMG sibling, which makes the same dash in 3.8 seconds.
Aimed at proving that the firm is looking forward to the "challenges of motoring of the future", the high-voltage Gullwing offers what Mercedes calls "the prospect of a possible small series production run" at the same time as reflecting the firm's "innovative strength".
Nine in ten motorists act against rising fuel costs "We take social responsibility very seriously and with the SLS AMG E-Cell we are demonstrating a further milestone in our "AMG Performance 2015" strategy," said Ola Källenius, chairman of the board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
"It is our goal to continually reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of new models in the coming years, while at the same time enhancing the core brand value of performance."
The E-Cell features four electric motors - one for each wheel - each capable of maximum engine speeds of 12,000rpm, with maximum torque available from "virtually a standstill", says Mercedes-Benz.
Electricity is stored by a liquid-cooled high-voltage lithium-ion battery which must be plugged into a domestic socket for power, but that is topped up on the move by "targeted recuperation during braking".