The well-known German tuner company and the responsible for the 2012 Rocket 800, BRABUS decided to reveal its Mercedes E 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Hybrid, a car which is based on the Mercedes E 220 CDI that runs on just electricity.
The concept car is powered by an 4 electric motors, one for each wheel. Each of this engines is rated at 50 kW in Eco mode and 80 kW in sport mode. With a 56 kWh lithium-ion battery, this car is capable of producing a total of 320 Kw and 3,200 Nm (2360 lb-ft) of torque, which is pretty impressive for an electric car.
As for performance numbers, the BRABUS Technology Project HYBRID can sprint from 0 to 100 Km/h in 6.9 seconds (60 to 120 Km/h in 5.0 seconds). While in Eco mode the car has a top speed of 190 Km/h (118 mph), its normal top speed is 220 Km/h (137 mph) due to the wheel hub motors’ redline of 2,000 rpm.
According to the manufacturer, the battery will take one and a half hour to recharge at a 380 V three phase grid and five hours at a normal 220 V AC outlet. The driving range is of 350 Km (217 miles).
The BBRABUS Mercedes E220 CDI Hybrid concept car is fitted with an electro-hydraulic brake system that was custom developed for this type of drive layout. The four vented bake discs are attached to the rear of the wheel hub motors, and gripped by two internal brake calipers each.
The interior features a special instrument cluster, which provides the driver with information about the battery, the electric motors and other driving parameters such as speed. In addition to that, a new center console housing the controls an electric vehicle requires was manufactured as well.
The car is expecting to celebrate its world debut at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday, so stay tuned for details.
Source: BRABUS via Carsession