It's faster than a Ferrari 458 Spider! It's more powerful than a Nissan GT-R! It goes further on a single charge than any EV has ever gone before! (That will be convenient for the inevitable John Broder test drive.) It's the Silex Chreos! Unfortunately, it doesn't exist. Yet.
On Friday, Silex Power Limited announced plans to proceed with the development of the aforementioned "upmarket electric fastback sedan." The press release was met with a healthy dose of skepticism surrounding the company's targeted performance specifications: 0 - 60 in 2.9 seconds, 621 miles of range on a single charge at an average speed of 77 miles per hour, and 10 minutes to charge a fully drained battery to 100%.
Silex claims that the quick charging will utilize a proprietary "Hypercharge" technology. The new charging method requires expensive lithium batteries with modified cathodes and a charger with thick copper wires to accommodate the high current input. Air vents on the front of the car will open when it's hypercharging, presumably so it doesn't melt itself. Silex says the car will also be equipped with a port for charging from traditional outlets.
Racer X Design is credited with the beautiful renderings, and Silex says the Chreos will be ready for limited production by 2015. That's all well and good, but it begs a question. What does Silex know about charging batteries that Tesla Motors and the major automakers don't?
We'd be delighted if this vehicle were to be produced, but we've heard this song a few times before. Remember the Steenstra Styletto? We're still waiting. In the meantime, enjoy some Youtube EV sport sedan goodness.
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