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Spare a thought for the makers of the world's fastest production automobile. Ever since they announced further details about their plans to produce the "world's fastest production electric car," Shelby Super Cars has been the target of much snickering and rolling of the eyes over their claim of a 10-minute battery re-charge capability.

It's not because it's outside the realm of possibility. Indeed, that same declaration has been made in the past by the makers of the Lightning Gt and the folks at Phoenix Motorcars. Heck, it was even demonstrated by Aerovironment and the battery maker, Altairnano. The problem was they said it could be done with a 110V outlet which, according to the known physical laws of the universe, is not possible. Soon that claim was downgraded to "220V service". Better, but still a touch on the outside of believable. In search of a little respect, the company has now gone back and revised its press release further by simply eliminating any reference to the voltage of their source. Will it quiet the critics until the upcoming superspeedway demonstration? You tell us. Re-revised press release after the break.

[Source: Shelby Super Cars via Doug at Tesla Motors Club Forum]

PRESS RELEASE:

2009 SSC Ultimate Aero EV

WEST RICHLAND, WA (01/22/2009)
Shelby SuperCars (SSC) released today the details of its revolutionary All-Electric Scalable Powertrain, the AESP. SSC will incorporate its AESP into thecurrent 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 1,000 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 RunTM" onboard charging system allows for full battery recharges in as little as 10 minutes. 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 1,200 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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      • 6 Years Ago
      "in as little as 10 minutes"

      sure, but only if you happen to run out of juice next to a nuclear power plant.
        • 6 Years Ago
        C'mon - A medium sized coal-fired plant will work, too :)

        Note to self: Create Outlook appointments for "2nd quarter 2009" and "4th quarter 2009" to remember to check on pre-production model and full-production model claims.

        I'd love to see them pull it off, but recent EV OEM track records aren't encouraging.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it can be done with 110v.

      Assuming 50KWh battery

      For a 10 min charge you require 300KW = 2727.3A * 110V

      Using 30A sockets only 91 plugs are needed.

      10 mins to charge ........ 20 mins to plug in and unplug.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Could it not be possible for an electric car containing supper capacitors be charged by super capacitors in les that 10 minutes???? As long as the charge is pre-accumulated, and you have the proper rated plug and cable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cars and energy is a domain still driven by ' religious beliefs ' instead of mechanical engineering facts. Nowhere else we hear constantly some over the board sh*t about facts of life. Peoples mix-up their dreams and nightmares with fuel consumption, LOL. Just d.dingel and me make sence and all the rest are learners at best.

      These folks at shelby motorcar cannot voice how their car works because of the general craziness about energy that show in blogs, internet sites, youtube, tv news, goverment, gm, toyota, epa, democrats, republicans, kyoto, shell, exxon, wall streets, talibans, russia, opec, chris m, oil sands, tesla, journalists, enerdel, unesco, doa, state employees, u.s army, cia, vatican, buddists, popular mechanics, chrysler, evinrude, tony karts, boeing, chavez, barack, georges, duracell, afs-trinity, coal producers, electricians, nuclear plants, nasa,etc.

      All these folks oppose restrictions on clean, cheap, abondant and non-poluting energy and efficiencies. All these folks suffer guilt about pollution and money extortion and naysay everyone on earth.

      So for shelby motorcars, even consumers will attack them if they find a good way to propel this car forward. Peoples will try to naysay what they polluted and ruined before this car by saying one way or another that shelby is a monster , especially if it's a great car. Ask anyone that made a great thing in the past if he were congratulate or burn by the general populace. The truth is that he or she was burn because he or she exposed the low level of energy and beliefs or the general man.

      IF this car is really good then the faith of these guys will be that they will be hated for the rest of their lifes by the ones that barrelly exist as individuals.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Gorr..

        What kind of drugs you're in. Slow down, think twice. Think...
        • 4 Months Ago
        Gorr,
        That is an awesome list.
        Favorites: Electricians (are we talking electrical engineers or some sort of a Electricians Trade Union. Are they part of the conspiracy?)
        Buddhist and the Vatican: Do they even talk? Is Opus Dei involved? Are you reading Dan Brown novels?
        Duracell: Is the energizer bunny behind this? Can the bunny really do what I see him to on TV? Maybe he can charge Shelby's car!

        That is awesome man. Stay off your meds and keep posting here. Good humor.

        P.S. don't answer the door, it could be the guys from the funny farm.
        • 4 Months Ago
        great post.
        • 4 Months Ago
        Goodness, I've made Gorr's little list! Of course, it doesn't mean much, as almost everyone is listed in one way or another.

        Of course I oppose restrictions on clean cheap abundant and non-polluting energy. Why would anyone want to restrict clean cheap abundant and non-polluting energy? I'm not applying any restrictions, reality is.

        Unfortunately, unlike Gorr, I happen to live in the real world, and have to deal with real world problems, and I can't rely on make-believe solutions or drift off to la-la land the way Gorr does.

        No, I don't suffer guilt about pollution (I'm reasonably clean) or money extortion (no criminal activity). My "naysaying" is limited to informing the misinformed and attempts to bring the reality challenged back to earth.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Shelby brought this on themselves by making senseless claims. They didn't need to make outrageous claims about their car to get press. They've got a sweet lookin' ride and, if it does half of what it claims, will be competition for Tesla. Nobody is saying "If I can't charge my electric car in 10 mins, it is useless". Why place a hoop in front of the car that isn't needed?

      If they get this thing working on a test track, it will be impressive even if it takes 8 hours to charge.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They say it has twin engines and charging is on-the-go. Me thinks one of the twins is likely internal combustion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ..well, there are certainly lots of naysayers on this forum -especially when it comes to a hydrogen powered/fuel cell cars..just seems that most people seem to be in love with lithium. maybe rightlfully so (at the current time). it is afterall an age old anti-depressant hehe..but seriously, i just wish more stance would be given to a two-pronged approach, hmm, make that three, four, five-pronged etc...a think the problems in the usa regarding pollution are closer to home, i.e in the neighbourhoods in which most suburban people live, rather than at the big 3-auto companies, when it comes to transportation, oil etc. california, for example, may pride itself on emission regulations, however, have you guys tried getting a train/tram to beverly hills? the sophisticated transportation networks which people would actually use don't exist yet in many US towns. no demand, is the rationale..prefer to sit in comfy buick, is the outcome..