We've been eying the press releases about the Ultimate Aero EV from Shelby Super Cars with a good deal of skepticism since it was first announced back in mid-2008. It seems that some of the early specs were released prematurely, though the revised information still leaves us scratching our heads.

Now that we're getting closer to the car's supposed release later this year, the automaker is letting out some extremely interesting details about the EV's powertrain, which will include twin electric motors with 500 horsepower each, a three-speed automatic gearbox and a mythical lithium ion battery pack that it claims can be quick charged to full capacity in 10 minutes via a 220V line.

As much as we'd love to see Shelby's system work exactly as advertised, we should mention that the math isn't on SSC's side -- that's some major amperage and is seriously outside the realm of capabilities for any 220V outlet installed in a residential home. Come on, SSC, prove us wrong.

[Source: Shelby Supercars via AutoblogGreen]


PRESS RELEASE:

SSC ANNOUNCES ELECTRIC POWERTRAIN AND ULTIMATE AERO EV SPECIFICATIONS.

WEST RICHLAND, WA (01/22/09) ‐ Shelby SuperCars (SSC) released today the details of its revolutionary All‐Electric Scalable Powertrain, the AESP. SSC will incorporate its AESP into the current Ultimate Aero to create the Ultimate Aero EV. Being the "World's Fastest Production Car," SSC decided the Ultimate Aero to be the perfect high visibility outlet to demonstrate the capabilities of its new Green powertrain. Directly following the debut of the Ultimate Aero EV, SSC will conduct a live media event to showcase the capabilities of its revolutionary Green powertrain.

SSC will display its AESP in the Ultimate Aero EV in order to prove that electric‐powered vehicles will not only match but also provide more linear power (electric motors have 100% torque at 0 RPM) and overall performance than internal combustion cars. The Ultimate Aero EV utilizes a twin motor AESP producing an astounding 1000 hp and 800 lb‐ft of torque enabling it to rocket to 60 mph in a mere 2.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 208 mph. Not only does the Ultimate Aero EV have a range of 150‐200 miles on a single charge, but SSC's "Charge on the Run™" onboard charging system allows for 10 minute full battery recharges on a 220V service. SSC's 3‐speed automatic transmission transfers the Ultimate Aero EV's power to its wheels and achieves electronically controlled shift times of .24 s. The entire AESP is liquid cooled allowing it to run for extended periods of time at peak performance with no overheating issues.

SSC's Green division, SSC Green, Inc., will provide packaged solutions of its AESP to a wide variety of applications ranging from 200 horsepower for economy and midsize cars, to 500 horsepower for light trucks and SUVs, and up to 1200 horsepower for delivery trucks, heavy‐duty equipment, buses and military vehicles.

SSC expects to roll out its first full‐scale, pre‐production Ultimate Aero EV in second quarter 2009. Ultimate Aero EV deliveries will start as early as fourth quarter 2009. SSC will pursue the title of "World's Fastest Production Electric Car" and conduct a marketing campaign consisting of international motor shows, magazine articles, TV appearances and live media events. Most importantly, SSC will conduct a live media event at one of America's superspeedways to prove its claims. During this event SSC founder and lead designer, Jerod Shelby, and notable guests will drive laps at high speed pitting only to demonstrate the quick recharge times. SSC asks any interested media to send a request to AeroEVMedia@sscautos.com.

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SSC, Inc. (SSC) is an American auto manufacturer founded by Jerod Shelby and based in West Richland, Washington. Mr. Shelby also founded Shelby SuperCars, LLC, an affiliate company of SSC, Inc., in 1998 to design and develop high‐performance supercars. In 2009, the Ultimate Aero EV (Electric Vehicle) will be the first to showcase Green technologies developed by SSC Green Inc., a wholly‐owned subsidiary of SSC, Inc.

For more information, please visit www.shelbysupercars.com.