China The Chreos EV Claims More Than 600 Miles Of Range, 10 Minute Charge Time

Published on February 26th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown

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The Chreos EV Claims More Than 600 Miles Of Range, 10 Minute Charge Time

chreos-ev-silex-powerSilex Power, a Chinese automaker, claims that an electric car they designed called the Chreos EV, achieves several jaw-dropping feats, including a driving range of over 600 miles, a charge time of ten minutes, and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds. Everybody else can go home now; Silex Power has won the electric car.

To wit, the exact specifications of this wunder-EV are;

  1. 621 miles (1,000 km) of driving range.
  2. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.
  3. 10 minute charge time.
  4. 4,400 Newton-metres (3,245 pound-feet) of torque.

So, Silex Power solved all the EV issues except cost? Sounds outstanding, and almost certainly not true. Let’s count the reasons why.

10 Minute Charge Time

This is highly unusual, but it is perfectly possible, and such battery technology is in the prototype stage. There are, however, multiple technologies that come close to this charge time, and one which blows it out of the water. The Toshiba SuperCharge (lithium titanate) battery is already on the market, and charges in 15 minutes. A battery was developed at MIT which charged in 20 seconds (no, that wasn’t an error, it really is 20 seconds). But has Silex Power also developed the technology to charge such a massive battery pack in so little time?

621 Miles of Range

This is also highly unusual, but might be possible via the use of an extremely large battery bank, or, more likely, a new and improved battery technology. Technology developed at Stanford that can store ten times as much energy as typical lithium-ion batteries can probably achieve this. That said, being able to add more than 600 miles of range to a car in ten minutes or less seems highly, highly suspect. If such technology existed, why haven’t any other automakers developed similar results? One answer could be immense cost, or a very short-lived battery.

0-60 MPH in 2.9 Seconds

The White Zombie has almost achieved this already, with a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3 seconds, only 0.1 seconds slower. But that battery pack is purpose built, and provides much less range than the claimed range of the Silex Chreos EV. Such a battery pack would be huge, and heavy, really dragging acceleration down. Sure, the Tesla Model S weighs more than 2.5 tons and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. But it doesn’t have even half the projected range, and it takes an hour from a fastcharger to juice the Tesla up to 90% range.

As you probably gathered from this, outstandingly powerful, lightweight, and overall stupendous battery technologies are sitting in laboratories being developed by scientists, so we cannot be certain that Silex Power’s claims are false (although, manufacturers lie about this all the time), because the technology required to achieve it does exist, but at what cost?

640 Horsepower, 3,245 Ft-Lbs Torque, 186 MPH Top Speed

This is not far-fetched. Electric motors can already do this, and other electric cars are pushing the boundaries of speed everyday. But can the Cheros EV specifically make this sort of power? Who knows? At the very least, this project is ambitious, wouldn’t you say?

Source: Autoblog Green




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  • Jason Carpp

    Wake up and smell the coffee. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    • J_JamesM

      Unless they built a time machine and stole some future tech, that is.

      • Jason Carpp

        Exactly!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Miller/100000952005408 Bruce Miller

    Have Asian technologies and sciences really come this far in such a short time? Will the Thorium/electric technologies from China fuel the 21st century there? Can China resolve her air pollution problems this way? Probably! This is good news for America!  We can import these miracles from Asia free ourselves from the current ‘Locked up’ status quo and move away from gasoline and the benzine molecule that give us so much cancer.
    China does not want warring in the world they are not afraid of larger populations, and they relish trade and progress.

  • t_

    Al

  • t_

    Although some german guys insist taet have the “colibri” battery with similar specs, I do not think this car can do all of those things.
    Now they have to say, the car will sell for 30K and I’m buying one:-)))
    Open a wholesale site(global sources for example) and see, that they sell gel battery powered cars and say they will have 100 miles range.
    Never mind the above, I really hope this is real.

  • http://MrEnergyCzar.com/ MrEnergyCzar

    Sounds like someone is looking for investors… I would have claimed 1,000 mile range but maybe there’s a break point where investors take a deeper look into the claims..

    MrEnergyCzar

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Biff-Jacobs/1838103026 Biff Jacobs

    At least they didn’t try to squeeze a little guy into a fiberglass model and call it the most sophisticated fighter jet on the planet.

    They are much smarter than the Iranians. Tell the world this is what you have but all you can see is a computer rendition because it is so top secret and still under development. Genius! 

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