Thursday, September 12, 2013

Double electric victory for Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is the standard-production electric car with the best design, while the Mercedes Benz B-Class F-CELL offers the best overall concept in the "concept vehicles" category – and thus wins the eCar Award for the second time after 2012. This was decided by 13,338 readers of the car magazines "Auto Bild" and "Auto Test" in an online poll.
Test" picked out the best and most beautiful electric cars. Result of the big poll of readers: Mercedes-Benz occupies two first places in the lists of winners. Both the gull-wing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive and the B-Class F-CELL won the coveted eCar Award 2013.
The award for the best design of a standard-production electric vehicle went to theMercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive. However, the "fascinating" gull-wing model offers not only a breathtaking design. It is also the most powerful and fastest electrically driven standard-production vehicle in the world. The high-performance vehicle has four electric motors producing a total output of 552 kW (751 hp) and a maximum torque of 1000 Newton-metres. This enables the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. The top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited).(electric energy consumption, combined cycle: 28,6 kWh/100 km, CO2 emission, combined: 0 g/km, energy efficiency class: A+)*.
The first passenger car to feature a fuel cell drive, the B-Class F-CELL repeated its 2012 success by also winning this year's eCar Award. The B-Class generates the power for its electric drive from the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. This produces no pollutant emissions. The only thing to come out of the exhaust during driving is water vapour. The tank takes three minutes to fill with hydrogen for a range of 400 kilometres. Driving pleasure and dynamism on a par with that of a 2.0-litre petrol engine is provided by a 100 kW (136 hp) electric motor. Converted to diesel equivalent, the NEDC consumption is just 3.3 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. (fuel consumption, combined cycle: 0,97 kgH2/100 km, CO2emission, combined: 0 g/km, energy efficiency class: A+)*.