The world’s fastest (charging) electric car
by David Masters
January 27, 2009
US-based Shelby Super Cars has unveiled the blueprint for an eco-friendly sports car with a top speed of 208mph.
The SSC Ultimate Aero EV will accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 2.5 seconds – and needs just 10 minutes charging to travel up to 200 miles.
It will be the fastest electric car in production, adding to SSC’s accolade of releasing the fastest ever production car.
Although making an electric sports car may seem rather pointless (we need cheap eco-cars, not top of the range models!), the technology being developed for the Aero EV – the All-Electric Scalable Powertrain (AESP) – can be used any vehicle from small cars to lorries and buses.
AESP provides instant torque, fuel-free operation, and will be about 1/18th the size of a petrol engine, giving more space inside the car.
The small size of the AESP will keep vehicles lighter and more efficient.
AESP’s Nanotechnology Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery Pack takes 10 minutes to fully charge – giving a travel range of 150-200 miles.
SSC plans to mass produce AESP engines, selling them at $5,000-$6,000 per motor for orders of at least 1,000 units.
Orders of over 10,000 units will receive additional discounts.
Prototypes of the Ultimate Aero EV will be on the roads by spring.
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