• Dec 19th 2007 at 3:39PM
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For me, one of the true highlights of the EVS23 showroom floor was a booth that featured two cars that never make the pages of AutoblogGreen: a new Mustang and a classic Shelby Cobra 427. But they're fair game when the engines have been taken out and replaced with batteries and electric motors. I made sure to bring you pictures of these cars as soon as I spotted them, but wanted to share the video footage of these cars as well. I first interviewed MIchael Kadie (you might remember him from the Santa Monica Alt Car Expo where he was displaying "2.S.S.I.C.," his all-electric Dodge Daytona and personal favorite. At EVS23, he told us that the electric Cobra runs a close second.

So, what's inside the Shelby? Click play for the info direct from Michael, but the short answer is a 300 kWh electric drive train, similar to Kadie's Daytona. The batteries are 13.8 kWh K2 Energy's lithium ion phosphate batteries, split 50/50 in the front and rear of the vehicle, set up to give the car 300 kW of short-term power (or maybe a little more).
Combine this power with the lightweight, all carbon fiber body, and you've got one hella fast car.

Kadie says that he can guarantee ten converted Shelby 427s for sale next year. While these are expensive - between $125,000 and $130,000 - seven were already spoken for when we talked at the beginning of December. The first one will be ready by Earth Day, the last by Christmas 2008. The cars will have a 110-mile range, which, luckily, is the same as the gas-only range of the original 427.

For more, watch the video. Oh, and the Mustang that we turn to at the end? That video is coming very soon...

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Gas 427's went like STINK (~4 secs 0-60, ~10 secs 0-100) till they ran outta gas. Also they had 15 gal tanks and got 10 MPG, that's 150 miles.

      This one will go like my kitchen dustbuster when it runs low on power.

      I still don't see the purpose in doing this to these cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      110 miles from 13.8kWh?

      The second generation EV1 was rated at 140 miles from 26.4kWh. So they are claiming a 33% improvement in efficiency over the EV1 with a car that has significantly more drag and much larger tires.

      It's a very cool car, but making exaggerated claims now will only cause problems later.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seriously need to correct/replace Dodge Daytona to AC Cobra Daytona Coupe replica. Completely different.
      • 7 Years Ago
      300kW is 400hp. The Shelby 427 was rated at 425hp. So you give up 25hp peak... but the electric is likely to be much quicker as electric motors make all their torque pretty much across their effective range. Gas motors make very little torque at idle and drop off quickly once the cam runs out.
      In short, people do it for two reasons:
      1) They can
      2) It's better.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Lithium iron phosphate has pretty flat discharge curves, so the voltage and power are relatively constant throughout the cycle. If the cars were using a Nickel-based chemistry I'd share your concern, but with LiFePO4 it shouldn't be an issue.
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