December 18, 2014

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As sure as flashy advertising catches the attention of the public, electric super vehicles (ESV?) will bring electric vehicles, EV into mainstream.

The gist, is that it is hard to resist outrageous claims of super fast cars that go longer distances than the best currently can, and all of that running on electricity so you don’t have to feel guilty burning fossil fuel for your adrenaline thrills.  Sounds over the top?  Not for many people.  Trust us.

Shelby The New Electric American IconShelby Super Cars has no relation to Carol Shelby, but wants to build its next version of its Ultimate Aero gas super car electric.  What is outrageous about it?  A 200 miles range on a single charge while recharging from a 110-volt outlet in 10 minutes, and both eyebrows should be raised.  How?

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Technically speaking, not much is known about it, which makes the claims a little suspicious.  According to MotorTrend: SSC claims its “proprietary All-Electric Scalable Powertrain (AESP) and Nanotechnology Rechargeable Lithium Battery can not only be adapted to fit any vehicle from a commuter car to a semi truck and can travel 150 to 200 miles on a single charge, but it can also recharge in 10 minutes from a standard wall socket.”  All of this, they say can happen whether you are using a 200-hp engine in a passenger cars, or 500-hp trucks and SUVs, to 1200-hp for semi trucks and buses.  However, they are not saying how they are technically achieving these numbers when the rest of the industry cannot.

What Does SSC really Want? That is the question.  Is SSC just trying to make waves in order to be noticed?  Are they drumming up business by shouting from the top of their lungs, or do they really have a revolutionary system at hand?  Here is a clue: “Once manufacturing plans have been finalized, the company will sell the AESP wholesale to large automakers, governments and other businesses. The company says the units will cost $5000 to $6000 each when ordered in batches of 1000 to 10,000 units, and the price will do down for even larger orders.”  Like many other start ups, the company wants to sell its technology to bigger car manufacturers.  This could be an indication of what is really lurking behind the claims.

In any which case, it is always a good thing to have a new super EV coming around the bend.  We look forward to more.

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