SLS AMG E-CELL benefits from
lightweight carbon-fibre design.
The electric sports car is trailblazing the
lightweight design strategy of Mercedes-Benz.
Lighter and safer with carbon-fibre.
Carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) components play an important role in Mercedes-Benz's lightweight design strategy. In addition, the proportion of high-strength steels and aluminium is set to increase significantly in the future. One example of this strategy is the trailblazing SLS AMG E-CELL. It features a transmission tunnel made out of CFRP, which is structurally integrated into the aluminium body shell and firmly bonded to it. The high-strength, rigid CFRP component – which is 50 percent lighter than steel
and 30 percent lighter than aluminium – helps to reduce weight while at the same time also serving as a monocoque housing for the battery modules. The advantages in terms of weight savings are reflected in the agility of the SLS AMG E-CELL.
In addition, the carbon-fibre battery monocoque has been designed as a "zero intrusion cell" in order to meet the very highest requirements in terms of crash safety. In the event of an accident, it protects the battery modules inside the vehicle against deformation or damage. As such, Mercedes-Benz is consistently applying the expertise in working with carbon-fibre materials which it has accumulated over a period of more than 10 years in the world of motorsport and via its experience with other vehicles such as the SLR.