Shelby Super Cars (SSC) have unveiled their Tesla-trashing Ultimate Aero EV, an electric-powered sportscar apparently capable of 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds thanks to 1000 hp and 800 lb‐ft of torque. Keep your right foot planted and SSC claim you’ll see 208mph. Given that normally you’d expect to punctuate such performance with a few hours of recharging, what’s even more exciting than the speed stats is SSC’s promised 10 minute full battery rejuicing, courtesy of their “Charge on the Run” system.
“Charge on the Run” takes a 220V electricity supply and funnels that neatly into your Ultimate Aero EV, giving you a 150-200 mile range after just ten minutes. The “world’s fastest electric car”, which will be speed-tested in Q2 2009 and delivered to customers from Q4 2009, is being used to showcase the SSC All‐Electric Scalable Powertrain (AESP), which the company expect to then offer in various levels of tuning (from 200hp to 1200hp) for different vehicle types.
Of course, the likelihood of you or I being able to get our hands on one of SSC’s awesome electric-powered sportscars is pretty minimal. What I’m more interested in seeing is that clever new battery technology being carried over to laptops and other portable electronic devices; I certainly wouldn’t argue with a flash charge giving my VAIO a few more hours juice.