The network reminded of the electric car Mercedes 190E ‘Electro’

The network reminded of the electric car Mercedes 190E ‘Electro’

May 3, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The German automaker introduced the all-electric Mercedes 190E back in May 1990.

To work on various drive and battery configurations, the German company used the Mercedes 190E platform. To power the power plant, sodium-nickel chloride or sodium-sulfur batteries were used, which could produce higher power, unlike conventional lead batteries.

Already in 1991 at the Geneva Motor Show was presented an advanced version of the 190E ‘Electro’, which demonstrated all the developments in this direction. The model has saved space in the cabin and all the safety features.

For the Geneva show car, two DC motors with permanent magnets were presented, one for each rear wheel. The peak return of such an installation is 44 hp, this result may not look surprising today, however, for 1991 it was a breakthrough. On one charge, such an electric car could travel up to 110 kilometers.

The Mercedes 190E ‘Electro’ was equipped with a sodium-nickel chloride battery and a regenerative braking system that helped recharge the batteries while driving. The engineers of the German company did a great job to reduce the weight of the car, and ultimately the electric car weighed only 200 kg more than the standard model.

From 1992 to 1996, Mercedes was engaged in large-scale field trials on the island of Rugen. The German company studied various types of power plants for everyday use with different batteries. It is worth noting that some models were deprived of a gearbox, while others had a manual transmission in combination with electric motors.

On the island, special charging stations were even installed. According to Mercedes representatives, there were virtually no problems, and test cars showed excellent reliability. One of the cars even reached a usage speed of 100,000 km in one year.