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Published on January 29th, 2009 | by Andrew Williams

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SSC to Launch World’s Most Powerful Electric Car in 2009

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Shelby SuperCars (SSC), the company behind the world’s fastest production car, has announced plans to launch an electric supercar that is four times as powerful as the Tesla Roadster later this year.

The Ultimate Aero EV will feature the firms proprietary All-Electric Scalable Powertrain, the AESP, containing twin electric motors capable of an incredible 1,000 HP (735 Kw) and 800 lb-ft (1083.42 NM) of torque. According to SSC, this should enable acceleration from 0-60 mph in a breathtaking 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 208 mph.

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The car will boast a range of 150-200 miles on a single charge. Moreover, SSC’s Green division has trademarked an on-board charging system called “Charge on the Run,” which enables a 10 minute full battery recharge on a 220V service.

A new green division, known as SSC Green, Inc., will offer packaged solutions of the AESP for a range of applications, including 200 horsepower economy and midsize cars, 500 horsepower light trucks and SUVs, and up to 1,200 horsepower delivery trucks, heavy-duty equipment, buses and military vehicles.

Shelby expects to roll out its first full-scale, pre-production Ultimate Aero EV in the second quarter of 2009, with full commercial availability anticipated as early as the fourth quarter of 2009.

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  • I highly doubt the claims coming out of SSC regarding “charge on the run”, so let me do 2 things.

    1. I want to be the first (on this forum) to call “vaporware” on SSC.

    and …

    2. I want to wish SSC all the luck in the world. If they can deliver on even half their promises (which, for them, would be a big improvement!) this could be a big leap forward in battery tech.

  • I highly doubt the claims coming out of SSC regarding “charge on the run”, so let me do 2 things.

    1. I want to be the first (on this forum) to call “vaporware” on SSC.

    and …

    2. I want to wish SSC all the luck in the world. If they can deliver on even half their promises (which, for them, would be a big improvement!) this could be a big leap forward in battery tech.

  • Mark

    Jo’s comments should be obvious to anyone except the impressionable optimists who invest in all these power point presentations. The 90s were the decade of the dot com get rich quick scheme. Now we are in the decade of the green miracle get rich quick scheme. I’ll be the first to predict the results will be the same.

  • Mark

    Jo’s comments should be obvious to anyone except the impressionable optimists who invest in all these power point presentations. The 90s were the decade of the dot com get rich quick scheme. Now we are in the decade of the green miracle get rich quick scheme. I’ll be the first to predict the results will be the same.

  • Mark

    Jo’s comments should be obvious to anyone except the impressionable optimists who invest in all these power point presentations. The 90s were the decade of the dot com get rich quick scheme. Now we are in the decade of the green miracle get rich quick scheme. I’ll be the first to predict the results will be the same.

  • Aaron

    I’m optimistic. A 10 minute charge would be awesome. A huge leap in terms of making EVs more accessible and usable.

  • Aaron

    I’m optimistic. A 10 minute charge would be awesome. A huge leap in terms of making EVs more accessible and usable.

  • I’m going to have to second Joe’s opinion and call bull*&#t on Shelby’s 10 minute recharge claim. First, they claimed a 10 minute recharge on 110v, which is just plain impossible, and increasing the voltage to 220v only halves what is already an astronomical amount of current required to recharge a battery that large, that fast. Given the fact that they changed their announcement from 110V to 220V shortly after their press release, I’d say that the whole thing is vaporware.

  • I’m going to have to second Joe’s opinion and call bull*&#t on Shelby’s 10 minute recharge claim. First, they claimed a 10 minute recharge on 110v, which is just plain impossible, and increasing the voltage to 220v only halves what is already an astronomical amount of current required to recharge a battery that large, that fast. Given the fact that they changed their announcement from 110V to 220V shortly after their press release, I’d say that the whole thing is vaporware.

  • Zero X Owner

    Swappable power pack? My electric vehicle’s power pack takes me less than a minute to swap. Try to fill a regular car’s gas tank with gasoline that fast.

  • Zero X Owner

    Swappable power pack? My electric vehicle’s power pack takes me less than a minute to swap. Try to fill a regular car’s gas tank with gasoline that fast.

  • Mark

    Do you lift and remove something at least 200 pounds when you fill your gas tank? The plug-in prius LiOn batteries weigh that much for a 35 mile range.

  • Mark

    Do you lift and remove something at least 200 pounds when you fill your gas tank? The plug-in prius LiOn batteries weigh that much for a 35 mile range.

  • Doug

    NO he drives a electric moped.

  • Doug

    NO he drives a electric moped.

  • Jack

    you obviously can’t get that kind of juice from a wall outlet.

    I’d imagine that there is some kind of capacitance system that continuously collects power from the outlet, and lets it all out in 10 minutes to the car when needed.

  • Jack

    you obviously can’t get that kind of juice from a wall outlet.

    I’d imagine that there is some kind of capacitance system that continuously collects power from the outlet, and lets it all out in 10 minutes to the car when needed.

  • Jack

    you obviously can’t get that kind of juice from a wall outlet.

    I’d imagine that there is some kind of capacitance system that continuously collects power from the outlet, and lets it all out in 10 minutes to the car when needed.

  • Dan

    Some astronomical number of capacitors that completely nullifies both the torque number quoted? Hey, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt (or magic) but I certainly wouldn’t hand them any money until they show it work.

  • Dan

    Some astronomical number of capacitors that completely nullifies both the torque number quoted? Hey, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt (or magic) but I certainly wouldn’t hand them any money until they show it work.

  • Mike

    Here’s the problem with cars, electric or otherwise:

    America spends $130 billion (!) a year on roads. This is a staggering sum, given the severe cuts in social services we’ve been seeing over the last few decades. In addition, of the total federal transit dollars spent, roads get 90%, while mass transit gets just 10%.

    Meanwhile, only half of Americans drive.

    Cars as a method of transportation, by its very nature, requires taking from the poor and the many, and giving to the rich and the few.

    This is, quite simply, not sustainable.

  • Mike

    Here’s the problem with cars, electric or otherwise:

    America spends $130 billion (!) a year on roads. This is a staggering sum, given the severe cuts in social services we’ve been seeing over the last few decades. In addition, of the total federal transit dollars spent, roads get 90%, while mass transit gets just 10%.

    Meanwhile, only half of Americans drive.

    Cars as a method of transportation, by its very nature, requires taking from the poor and the many, and giving to the rich and the few.

    This is, quite simply, not sustainable.

  • Mark

    Having done this calculation before:

    Asumming a 50kWh battery (The same size as the Tesla- and not an unreasonable size) you would need 300 kilowatts to recharge this batter in 10 minutes (assuming the battery chemistry could handle- it can’t- it would simply explode. A supercapacitor might work but that’s still vaporware at this point). At 220 volts, that’s 1,350 AMPS (give or take). My entire house only has 200 amp service.

    Even if I had 1400 amp service- I’d basically need a 3 strand wire in which each strand was over an inch thick! You’d need approximately 10/0 AWG wires!

  • Mark

    Having done this calculation before:

    Asumming a 50kWh battery (The same size as the Tesla- and not an unreasonable size) you would need 300 kilowatts to recharge this batter in 10 minutes (assuming the battery chemistry could handle- it can’t- it would simply explode. A supercapacitor might work but that’s still vaporware at this point). At 220 volts, that’s 1,350 AMPS (give or take). My entire house only has 200 amp service.

    Even if I had 1400 amp service- I’d basically need a 3 strand wire in which each strand was over an inch thick! You’d need approximately 10/0 AWG wires!

  • Thomas

    @Mike — The vast majority of the U.S. commercial transport structure uses roads, so it’s not just some sort of regressive tax, it also helps the U.S. economy exist.

  • Thomas

    @Mike — The vast majority of the U.S. commercial transport structure uses roads, so it’s not just some sort of regressive tax, it also helps the U.S. economy exist.

  • Thomas

    @Mike — The vast majority of the U.S. commercial transport structure uses roads, so it’s not just some sort of regressive tax, it also helps the U.S. economy exist.

  • raul duke

    this is slightly possible if there using the new super capacitor such as what EEStor’s clames there Caps can do but then again it could vary well be BS… i hope it not , but most likely is… link to EEstor review///

    http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2007/09/supercapacitor-battery-could-lead-to-instant-charging-long-charge-life.ars

  • raul duke

    this is slightly possible if there using the new super capacitor such as what EEStor’s clames there Caps can do but then again it could vary well be BS… i hope it not , but most likely is… link to EEstor review///

    http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2007/09/supercapacitor-battery-could-lead-to-instant-charging-long-charge-life.ars

  • raul duke

    this is slightly possible if there using the new super capacitor such as what EEStor’s clames there Caps can do but then again it could vary well be BS… i hope it not , but most likely is… link to EEstor review///

    http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2007/09/supercapacitor-battery-could-lead-to-instant-charging-long-charge-life.ars

  • Dan

    –1200 hp = 894 839.846 watts

    –using Watts=Volts*Amps

    –4067.45385 Amps needed to charge in one hour

    –24404.7231 Amps needed to charge in 10 minutes

    –Anyone think this is anywhere near possible out of a wall socket?!?

  • Dan

    –1200 hp = 894 839.846 watts

    –using Watts=Volts*Amps

    –4067.45385 Amps needed to charge in one hour

    –24404.7231 Amps needed to charge in 10 minutes

    –Anyone think this is anywhere near possible out of a wall socket?!?

  • Dan

    –1200 hp = 894 839.846 watts

    –using Watts=Volts*Amps

    –4067.45385 Amps needed to charge in one hour

    –24404.7231 Amps needed to charge in 10 minutes

    –Anyone think this is anywhere near possible out of a wall socket?!?

  • DeWayne

    The ‘Electric Car’ had already been designed and manufactured in later part of 1900s, every car they had manufactured was then immediately rounded up and destroyed. Look into this situation described above done by GM, do a YouTube search of GM EV1 Electric Car.

  • DeWayne

    The ‘Electric Car’ had already been designed and manufactured in later part of 1900s, every car they had manufactured was then immediately rounded up and destroyed. Look into this situation described above done by GM, do a YouTube search of GM EV1 Electric Car.

  • Kevin

    Mike, I only have one thing to say:

    Screw everyone else…when can I buy mine?!

  • Kevin

    Mike, I only have one thing to say:

    Screw everyone else…when can I buy mine?!

  • Kevin

    Mike, I only have one thing to say:

    Screw everyone else…when can I buy mine?!

  • craig

    Assuming that battery is the size of the Tesla is underestimating it. This car is larger, more powerful, and has greater range.

    There is simply no way to run enough current over a 220V connection to get the job done. Adding capacitors only effects the charge rate problem with the batteries, it doesn’t reduce the current requirements. This is nonsense.

  • craig

    Assuming that battery is the size of the Tesla is underestimating it. This car is larger, more powerful, and has greater range.

    There is simply no way to run enough current over a 220V connection to get the job done. Adding capacitors only effects the charge rate problem with the batteries, it doesn’t reduce the current requirements. This is nonsense.

  • craig

    Assuming that battery is the size of the Tesla is underestimating it. This car is larger, more powerful, and has greater range.

    There is simply no way to run enough current over a 220V connection to get the job done. Adding capacitors only effects the charge rate problem with the batteries, it doesn’t reduce the current requirements. This is nonsense.

  • dude

    Mike, I had a jaw dropping experience reading your post. Surely you aren’t that stupid. The middle class in this country far outnumber the poor and don’t need the social programs you are espousing. We need more and better roads to improve our capability to produce new goods, not be giving more and more handouts to poor people while our country falls apart. good grief how ignorant can you be?

  • dude

    Mike, I had a jaw dropping experience reading your post. Surely you aren’t that stupid. The middle class in this country far outnumber the poor and don’t need the social programs you are espousing. We need more and better roads to improve our capability to produce new goods, not be giving more and more handouts to poor people while our country falls apart. good grief how ignorant can you be?

  • dude

    Mike, I had a jaw dropping experience reading your post. Surely you aren’t that stupid. The middle class in this country far outnumber the poor and don’t need the social programs you are espousing. We need more and better roads to improve our capability to produce new goods, not be giving more and more handouts to poor people while our country falls apart. good grief how ignorant can you be?

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  • foobar

    Who said it had to charge from the wall anyway? I didn’t personally see anything in the article about charging from a residential wall outlet.

    If the car can be charged in a matter of minutes, it would be OK to have to go to specialized charging station, similar to filling your tank at a fuel station today.

  • foobar

    Who said it had to charge from the wall anyway? I didn’t personally see anything in the article about charging from a residential wall outlet.

    If the car can be charged in a matter of minutes, it would be OK to have to go to specialized charging station, similar to filling your tank at a fuel station today.

  • foobar

    Who said it had to charge from the wall anyway? I didn’t personally see anything in the article about charging from a residential wall outlet.

    If the car can be charged in a matter of minutes, it would be OK to have to go to specialized charging station, similar to filling your tank at a fuel station today.

  • mastaflash

    The latest revision says “onboard charging system allows for full battery recharges in as little as 10 minutes”. Charging an electric 10 min is possible, but you would require specialized equipment. Consider this:

    “The TerraVolt™ fast-charging energy storage system, including proprietary battery modules, battery management and energy optimization systems, is among the most innovative features of the HFC35. Designed and integrated right into Proterra’s composite body floor system, the TerraVolt™ system can be recharged by either using a Proterra rapid charge station for only minutes at route layovers, by plugging in overnight, or during operation from any form of APU. TerraVolt™ also has the ability to solely power a full battery-electric transit bus. This unique energy storage system is good for 10,000 total discharge cycles (estimated to last the life of the bus). Vehicle operators can realize up to $350,000 savings in total fuel expense savings over the 12-year life of the bus as compared to a conventional diesel bus. The all-composite vehicle body is 34′ 9″ in length and seats 37 passengers. ”

    http://www.proterraonline.com/pressrelease.asp?id=4

    They are using Altairnano bats btw.

    Also, anyone interested in investing in SSC can do so via United EcoEnergy (UEEC) which is purchasing up to 35% stake in SSC.

    http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=33558386

    masta

  • mastaflash

    The latest revision says “onboard charging system allows for full battery recharges in as little as 10 minutes”. Charging an electric 10 min is possible, but you would require specialized equipment. Consider this:

    “The TerraVolt™ fast-charging energy storage system, including proprietary battery modules, battery management and energy optimization systems, is among the most innovative features of the HFC35. Designed and integrated right into Proterra’s composite body floor system, the TerraVolt™ system can be recharged by either using a Proterra rapid charge station for only minutes at route layovers, by plugging in overnight, or during operation from any form of APU. TerraVolt™ also has the ability to solely power a full battery-electric transit bus. This unique energy storage system is good for 10,000 total discharge cycles (estimated to last the life of the bus). Vehicle operators can realize up to $350,000 savings in total fuel expense savings over the 12-year life of the bus as compared to a conventional diesel bus. The all-composite vehicle body is 34′ 9″ in length and seats 37 passengers. ”

    http://www.proterraonline.com/pressrelease.asp?id=4

    They are using Altairnano bats btw.

    Also, anyone interested in investing in SSC can do so via United EcoEnergy (UEEC) which is purchasing up to 35% stake in SSC.

    http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=33558386

    masta

  • mastaflash

    The latest revision says “onboard charging system allows for full battery recharges in as little as 10 minutes”. Charging an electric 10 min is possible, but you would require specialized equipment. Consider this:

    “The TerraVolt™ fast-charging energy storage system, including proprietary battery modules, battery management and energy optimization systems, is among the most innovative features of the HFC35. Designed and integrated right into Proterra’s composite body floor system, the TerraVolt™ system can be recharged by either using a Proterra rapid charge station for only minutes at route layovers, by plugging in overnight, or during operation from any form of APU. TerraVolt™ also has the ability to solely power a full battery-electric transit bus. This unique energy storage system is good for 10,000 total discharge cycles (estimated to last the life of the bus). Vehicle operators can realize up to $350,000 savings in total fuel expense savings over the 12-year life of the bus as compared to a conventional diesel bus. The all-composite vehicle body is 34′ 9″ in length and seats 37 passengers. ”

    http://www.proterraonline.com/pressrelease.asp?id=4

    They are using Altairnano bats btw.

    Also, anyone interested in investing in SSC can do so via United EcoEnergy (UEEC) which is purchasing up to 35% stake in SSC.

    http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=33558386

    masta

  • finally some real innovation for me to sink my teeth into

  • finally some real innovation for me to sink my teeth into

  • finally some real innovation for me to sink my teeth into

  • Alex

    Not only would you need HUNDREDS of amps coming through a standard wall outlet in order to charge that a battery which claims 200 miles on a charge, but you would also need a copper cable the thickness of a tree so it wouldn’t explode instantly. This 10 minute charge claim is a complete lie.

    Not only that, but an electric car accelerating to 200mph and 0-60 in 2.5 seconds would require a transmission made of wishes and magic. Another lie.

    This car breaks so many laws of physics it’s astounding.

  • Alex

    Not only would you need HUNDREDS of amps coming through a standard wall outlet in order to charge that a battery which claims 200 miles on a charge, but you would also need a copper cable the thickness of a tree so it wouldn’t explode instantly. This 10 minute charge claim is a complete lie.

    Not only that, but an electric car accelerating to 200mph and 0-60 in 2.5 seconds would require a transmission made of wishes and magic. Another lie.

    This car breaks so many laws of physics it’s astounding.

  • Alex

    Not only would you need HUNDREDS of amps coming through a standard wall outlet in order to charge that a battery which claims 200 miles on a charge, but you would also need a copper cable the thickness of a tree so it wouldn’t explode instantly. This 10 minute charge claim is a complete lie.

    Not only that, but an electric car accelerating to 200mph and 0-60 in 2.5 seconds would require a transmission made of wishes and magic. Another lie.

    This car breaks so many laws of physics it’s astounding.

  • yumaslim

    The big part that everyone seems to be missing is the absurd combination of power and range. The tesla, which is according to the article, one fourth as powerful, has a range of 220 miles (roughly, and I don’t really believe it). This car will have a range of at least 150 miles. So it will need to have nearly 3 times the energy storage capacity. So this car would need at least 150Kwh batteries, which would weigh in at a little under 3000 lbs. This in addition to the weight of the electric motors, chassis, suspension etc. will make this car incredibly heavy and large.

    Unless they have some rediculous energy storage devices.

  • yumaslim

    The big part that everyone seems to be missing is the absurd combination of power and range. The tesla, which is according to the article, one fourth as powerful, has a range of 220 miles (roughly, and I don’t really believe it). This car will have a range of at least 150 miles. So it will need to have nearly 3 times the energy storage capacity. So this car would need at least 150Kwh batteries, which would weigh in at a little under 3000 lbs. This in addition to the weight of the electric motors, chassis, suspension etc. will make this car incredibly heavy and large.

    Unless they have some rediculous energy storage devices.

  • Valentine

    Dear Sirs!

    I bring to your attention.

    The hybrid Advanced Gas-turbine Engine of a variable cycle for Supercar.

    Power of engine 800 HP, 1200 HP – short time.

    Torque on the start 1431 Nm.

    Weight of engine 110 kg .

    Size of engine: width 390 mm , height 390 mm , length 800 mm .

    Air inlet – 4 pipes in diameter 98mm, the gas outlet – 4 pipes in diameter 106mm.

    The car has no a box of speeds and coupling.

    Weight of supercar –1000 kg.

    Transmission – electric, 125hp, 42000 RPM. Other power – direct transfer from the turbine.

    Acceleration of the supercar up to 100km/h – 3sec, up to 400km/h –23sec.

    Gas turbine engine for car – it is use of all kinds of the fuels, low emission of harmful substances, low consumption of the oil, the easy starting at negative temperatures, the less weight and sizes and etc.

    At the offered engine the new scheme and simple the variable gas-dynamic cycle, which gives in addition the unique properties and capabilities for the engine and for the car.

    In comparison with the usual gas-turbine engine the offered engine has in 2 times smaller nominal power and in 5 times smaller power of a transmission, the large air tapping behind the compressor and power take-off from a compressor turbine rotor without increase of the gases temperature and without decrease of the engine power.

    I suggest to create the preliminary project of the Supercar with the Advanced Gas Turbine Engine.

    Please, send your comments and question.

    Best Regards, Valentine. Engineer.

  • Valentine

    Dear Sirs!

    I bring to your attention.

    The hybrid Advanced Gas-turbine Engine of a variable cycle for Supercar.

    Power of engine 800 HP, 1200 HP – short time.

    Torque on the start 1431 Nm.

    Weight of engine 110 kg .

    Size of engine: width 390 mm , height 390 mm , length 800 mm .

    Air inlet – 4 pipes in diameter 98mm, the gas outlet – 4 pipes in diameter 106mm.

    The car has no a box of speeds and coupling.

    Weight of supercar –1000 kg.

    Transmission – electric, 125hp, 42000 RPM. Other power – direct transfer from the turbine.

    Acceleration of the supercar up to 100km/h – 3sec, up to 400km/h –23sec.

    Gas turbine engine for car – it is use of all kinds of the fuels, low emission of harmful substances, low consumption of the oil, the easy starting at negative temperatures, the less weight and sizes and etc.

    At the offered engine the new scheme and simple the variable gas-dynamic cycle, which gives in addition the unique properties and capabilities for the engine and for the car.

    In comparison with the usual gas-turbine engine the offered engine has in 2 times smaller nominal power and in 5 times smaller power of a transmission, the large air tapping behind the compressor and power take-off from a compressor turbine rotor without increase of the gases temperature and without decrease of the engine power.

    I suggest to create the preliminary project of the Supercar with the Advanced Gas Turbine Engine.

    Please, send your comments and question.

    Best Regards, Valentine. Engineer.

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