Shelby Supercars first raised eyebrows several months ago with claims of building “the first 100% Green Supercar to achieve speeds never before seen”. Well, it seems like those details are starting to formalize and they are just as outlandish as previously thought. According to Shelby, the Ultimate Aero EV will be able to produce over 1,000 horsepower that will power the vehicle from 0-60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds!
To say that Shelby Supercars are trying to beat Tesla would be an understatement. Not only are they vying for the title of fastest vehicle electric ever, they are also claiming that their vehicle’s battery will be able to be charged in less than 10 minutes and will provide around 150 miles on a charge (presumably not while traveling at the top speed of 208mph).
Despite these incredible statistics, what Shelby is really excited about is their powertrain package. The AESP (All-Electric Scalable Powertrain) is designed for scalability. According to Shelby, the AESP technology is scalable, able to be modified easily to go from 200 horsepower, all the way to 1200 horspower. This can allow the same technology to be applied to a number of different vehicles, from mid-size cars, all the way to buses. Needless to say, Shelby hopes that this powertrain technology makes it into the electric vehicles of the future.
I can't take my 6 grandkids to the beach in that! Can you put that in my suburban?
That is one beautiful car, but a minor nitpick. Any supercar is 100% wasteful. A supercar cannot be green at all. It's impossible as it is completely conspicuous consumption. Now if Shelby does make a powertrain that can work in different models of cars in general that's great, then as a result of that the Aero will have served a purpose, but for anyone buying an Aero, it is environmentally unfriendly to produce it in the first place.
very,very cool! i can't wait to meet up with a buddy and take one of these for a ride
mastaflash said on February 3rd, 2009 at 10:28 pm Your comment is awaiting moderation. The latest revision says “onboard charging system allows for full battery recharges in as little as 10 minutes”. Charging an electric 10 min is possible, but you would require specialized equipment. Consider this: “The TerraVolt™ fast-charging energy storage system, including proprietary battery modules, battery management and energy optimization systems, is among the most innovative features of the HFC35. Designed and integrated right into Proterra’s composite body floor system, the TerraVolt™ system can be recharged by either using a Proterra rapid charge station for only minutes at route layovers, by plugging in overnight, or during operation from any form of APU. TerraVolt™ also has the ability to solely power a full battery-electric transit bus. This unique energy storage system is good for 10,000 total discharge cycles (estimated to last the life of the bus). Vehicle operators can realize up to $350,000 savings in total fuel expense savings over the 12-year life of the bus as compared to a conventional diesel bus. The all-composite vehicle body is 34′ 9″ in length and seats 37 passengers. ” http://www.proterraonline.com/pressrelease.asp?id=4 They are using Altairnano bats btw. Also, anyone interested in investing in SSC can do so via United EcoEnergy (UEEC) which is purchasing up to 35% stake in SSC. http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=33558386 masta
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It is possible to charge in 10 minutes, see wikipedia's blurb on EEStor .. Now these charging methods aren't available to the public and probably with a 220v it would take 5hrs...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EEStor
Recharging an electric car can be done in a few minutes if you simply exchange the battery pack. On the other hand, if they are purporting to rechange the battery pack in 10 minutes, I have considerable doubts. Just think of the amperage required. Just think of the diameter of the copper cables to handle that amperage.
Nothing has changed! The Shelby is still breaking the mould.
10 Minutes to charge a battery pack for a 150 mile drive on 220V service? No way- not buying it. The Tesla roadster has a 53kWh battery- assuming somthing similar (say 50kWh)you would need to put out 300 kilowatts for 10 minutes to charge the battery (assuming the battery chemistry could even handle that much power). 300 kilowatts @ 220 volts would be 1,364 AMPS. My entire house only has 200 amp service. Assuming I could get 1,364 amps I would need 6 complete sets of 3-wire (2 x 110V + 1 common) #0000 AWG wire (Each wire would be 1/2" thick- so 3 wires times 6 runs = 18 1/2" wires) just to power this thing. About the only way to charge this thing would be with a huge copper bus bar connected directly to the battery from one heck of a capacitor bank. It's completely unrealistic.
10 Minute Charge time? INSANE! If this car can be fully charged in 10 minutes, that would be the most profound leap in automotive technology since the advent of automobiles. If true, this would be getting BILLIONS of dollars of investment from all over the world. I think the charge time is more like 10 HOURS!
wow! that looks like a stuning car!