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eCar Award 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.
This was the fourth time this year that the car magazines "Auto Bild" and "Auto 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 the Mercedes-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).
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.
Living electric: Daimler is the market leader in electric cars
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL is Mercedes-Benz's first series-produced electric vehicle with a fuel cell drive. Around 200 vehicles of this model have been sold since 2010 to customers in the USA and Europe.
The absolute leader is the electric smart, which heads the registration list for electric cars with 983 registrations and a market share of 40 percent.
Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, stresses: "For us, the future of mobility has long centred on electrification. With a total of nine locally emission-free vehicles with battery or fuel cell drive, Daimler AG already has the world's widest range of electric vehicles on the road."