• Oct 21st 2008 at 8:46AM
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Click above for more high-res shots of the eRUF Concept Model A

The recently-revealed all electric Porsche 911 from longtime tuner RUF uses an electric motor from UQM Technologies. The motor offers up some 150 kW of power and seems to be an off-the-shelf motor that the company is capable of providing for automotive use. At first glance, the motor's 204-horsepower seems a tad low, but then you notice that its 479 lb-ft of torque makes up for that small issue. Ninety-six separate lithium iron phosphate batteries from Axeon power the motor, allowing the eRUF Model A to accelerate to sixty miles per hour in less than 7 seconds and allow for a range of up to 200 miles. UQM also has smaller motor packages available for cars that aren't expected to have such high performance or are significantly lighter that the 4,200 lb eRUF Concept Model A. See the full press release after the break.


[Source: UQM]


RUF Automobile GmbH Introduces All-Electric Sports Car Powered by UQM Propulsion System

FREDERICK, Colo. October 20, 2008:UQM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (NYSE Alternext US: UQM), a developer of alternative energy technologies, announced today that the recently introduced eRUF all-electric sports car is being powered by a UQM® PowerPhase® 150 electric propulsion system. The eRUF all-electric sports car is being developed by RUF Automobile GmbH, an internationally known manufacturer of high-performance automobiles and producer of the renowned CTR-series of sports cars.

The eRUF all-electric sports car, designated the eRUF Model A, accelerates from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in under seven seconds and has a top speed of 225 kilometers per hour. Estimated range per charge is 250 kilometers to 320 kilometers, depending on performance level, using Axeon plc iron-phosphate, lithium-ion batteries.

"The UQM® electric propulsion system in the eRUF Model A puts many conventional combustion engines to shame, producing a maximum 650 Nm of torque output which rips into the drive shaft so impressively during acceleration, that one is immediately reminded of the extremely powerful RUF Rt 12," said Alois Ruf Jr., owner and CEO of RUF Automobile GmbH.

"We are pleased that RUF Automobile has selected our powerful PowerPhase® 150 propulsion system to deliver the exceptional performance its customers expect from a RUF sports car," said William G. Rankin, UQM Technologies' President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are excited to be part of the first electrically powered sports car from Germany."

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I want to be interested in this - even excited about it. Really, I do.

      But it's just not happening.

      Yet another high-end, low-volume tuner hyping an EV concept that will never see production. I'm not even crediting lack of production or pricing info in the press release; I wouldn't believe either.

      It probably wouldn't make sense anyway. The kind of people who can pay multi-6-figure-plus money for a car like this aren't impressed by an 0-60 time that just matches a current V6 Camry. Some are still hoping their Tesla order will finally come through.

      Those who are truly impressed with efficient, environmental transportation see this as a pointless diversion.

      So it will languish on the show circuit for awhile; maybe make a few carefully-shepherded magazine test appearances. That's about it.

      Meanwhile, I always hope that the technology developed by these efforts will find its way into prosaic models I could aspire to own. But such transfers just don't seem to work out these days.

      Still hoping and waiting for the EV market to finally make it to me...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well said frustrated Phil L. Many here feel your pain.
      • 6 Years Ago
      well done RUF
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