David Coulthard takes the SLS AMG E-Cell for a ride

Kharl Prado July 8, 2010

The thing is about electric cars is that not too many people appreciate them. Not unless you drive one will your  really be able to understand the real potential of a car powered by batteries. Former Formula One driver and now DTM racer David Coulthard had the opportunity to test drive a not-so-ordinary electric car and had several things to say about it, most importantly about its potential. The electric vehicle in question here is none other than the SLS AMG E-Cell, the electric version of Mercedes-Benz’s V8 super car.

In the video, you’ll see David being astounded by the E-Cell’s immense torque. There is no delay whatsoever upon flooring the throttle unlike what you’d normally expect from even the V8 in the SLS AMG. And since the E-Cell only has a single gear, it’s like accelerating from zero to 100 km/h with no resistance whatsoever. Since each wheel of the E-Cell is independently run by an individual electric motor, the torque potential for each wheel is unbelievable. Combine zero response time to throttle input and the handling characteristics of an all-wheel drive and you get one of the meanest cornering machines ever made.

Of course, there’s always caveats to great things, and for the E-Cell, it’s the limited top speed and battery life. Consider it an expense you have to suffer for being environmentally friendly and having torque on demand in virtually any cornering situation. Fair price to pay, wouldn’t you say?

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