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Electric cars aren’t commonly associated with speed. Bogged down with a number of range and power limitations, their intrinsically incapable of doing what a Ferrari of Lamborghini can. Trying to break this perception, Mercedes-Benz has taken it upon themselves to prove electric car critiques wrong. Revealing what they’ve accomplished at the Paris Auto Show, it looks like they not only reached but also exceeded their goals, creating the most powerful electric supercar in the world.

Building on the astonishingly powerful Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the German manufacturer has combined the vehicle with Formula One technology as well as state of the art green technology to produce their Electric Drive version. Creating a car that embodies the zero-emission mission undertaken by the company in recent years, Mercedes may truly outdone themselves, setting a new industry standard for all to meet.

The SLS AMG Electric Drive uses four independent and electric motors which are efficient enough to produce an output of 740 bhp. Capable of racing from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds, the car can go more than modest 155 miles on a single charge of its 60kWh 400V lithium-ion battery. Like all electric cars, this vehicle will be refuelled using a special charge point. However, unlike others, it will be cable to get a full charge in just 3 hours, making it an exceedingly fast vehicle under the hood as well as out of it.

With so much to offer, it’s not surprising that this car is getting as much attention. However, before you head over to your local Mercedes-Benz dealership you should know that it doesn’t come cheap. In fact, one of these Electric Drive’s will set you back nearly £335,000, which certainly is a bit more than your average electric car.

While the average Joe won’t be able to afford one of these beautifies, this model will certainly begin a trend which will be followed by other manufactures. Who knows, maybe Mercedes’ move may even giants like Ferrari and Lamborghini to release their own electric cars in the future. While all this may be speculation, what is known is that this step will revolutionize the way we look at electric cars, showing us how a little bit of energy can produce so much speed.