Renovo Motors Reveals World’s Sexiest All-Electric Coupe

AUG 17 2014 BY MARK KANE 18

2015 Renovo Coupe

2015 Renovo Coupe

Renovo Motors emerged from stealth mode since its foundation in 2010 to unveil the Renovo Coupe.

The all-electric supercar – and more specifically the first all-electric American supercar according to Renovo Motors – is built in Silicon Valley and was featured at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Renovo’s CEO Christopher Heiser stated:

“Renovo Motors sought to create an aspirational vehicle that demonstrates the performance, control, and excitement that is possible with EV technology. We have poured our passion and innovation into the Coupe in an effort to deliver a truly amazing driving experience, and we’re honored to present the Production Prototype of our car at the Concours d’Elegance.”

As you probably noticed, it’s based on Shelby American CSX9000 rolling chassis.

0-60 mph takes less than 3.4 seconds, which makes Renovo Coupe quicker than the Tesla Roadster.

However, the price of Renovo Coupe makes the original Tesla Roadster seem darn cheap. Price was set at $529,000 with limited production and sales scheduled to start in 2015.

2015 Renovo Coupe

2015 Renovo Coupe

2015 Renovo Coupe

2015 Renovo Coupe

Renovo Coupe has two strong hearts (motors) good enough to deliver 1000 ft-lbs of torque instantly to the real wheels via single-speed gearbox. Drivetrain power exceeds 500 HP.

“The Coupe sets a benchmark 0-60 time of just 3.4 seconds, the fastest of any production rear-wheel drive electric vehicle. The car’s massive 1,000 foot-pounds of torque is available immediately from a dead stop and delivers perfectly linear acceleration that is unlike any car on the road today.”

“The mid-mounted twin sequential axial-flux motors deliver both power and efficiency, with optimized energy mappings for a wide range of driving conditions. When run at full throttle, the motors produce over 500 horsepower.  More importantly, the drivetrain ramps to full power in just 37 milliseconds—about ten times faster than the blink of an eye—and further redefines how a performance vehicle can respond to the commands of the driver.”

We don’t know too much about the lithium ion battery pack.  However, Renovo Motors believe that range of 100 miles is possible. Then, besides 5-hour long Level 2 charging, there will be the option to fast charge in 30 minutes (again, we don’t know which plug will be compatible).

“The Coupe’s incredible performance is made possible by the patent-pending battery technology developed by the Renovo team. Multiple separate battery enclosures enable a performance-oriented weight distribution and minimize chassis volume requirements.  The Renovo Motors drivetrain is less than 40% of the total weight of the car, and yet delivers the highest peak power in its class.”

“The on-road performance is matched by a fast-charge system that can refill the batteries in just 30 minutes and maintains compatibility with a wide range of standard Level 2 charge systems. At the track, the Coupe can be charged between run sessions, offering the first true circuit-ready EV.”

Jason Stinson, Renovo Motors CTO commented:

“Our motivation to design and build our cars is not artificially tied to any particular propulsion technology. Simply put, we can do things with electric vehicles that can’t be replicated by any other platform. Exploring these areas, reducing them to practice, and building them into our products is at the core of what we do best.”

2015 Renovo Coupe - PEM Cables

2015 Renovo Coupe – PEM Cables

2015 Renovo Coupe - Coupe Side and Wheel

2015 Renovo Coupe – Coupe Side and Wheel

Here is rest of the press release, which brings some insight on the car:

“The Coupe’s sculpted drivetrain is on full display in its genuine, factory-modified CSX9000 chassis supplied by the world-famous Shelby American brand. Completely reimagined by award-winning designer Peter Brock, the CSX9000 delivers the features of a modern supercar while retaining the classic and race-proven aerodynamic silhouette of the original 1964 Le Mans winning car. “This shape was nearly perfect 50 years ago, and physics doesn’t change much over time,” said Mr. Brock, an early advisor to Renovo Motors. “However, the redesigned car has a totally updated body, frame, suspension, and cabin; it’s a new chapter for this chassis.  When the Renovo team approached me with the idea of incorporating my work into their designs, I was thrilled. The finished product definitely carries the spirit of the original car strongly into the future.”

“Every aspect of the Coupe’s interior was designed to create a more direct and immediate connection between machine and driver. From the cockpit the driver has access to a wide range of controls and information systems. Classic needle gauges surround a modern circular digital display, and a muscular drive selector enables brake regeneration to be adjusted in real-time—another first for a production electric vehicle.”

2015 Renovo Coupe - Coupe Front

2015 Renovo Coupe – Coupe Front

“Each Coupe is built at Renovo Motor’s facility in the heart of Silicon Valley, USA. The talented and experienced team of designers, engineers, and technicians at Renovo Motors are proud to share the Coupe Production Prototype with the world and are looking forward to entering the final stages of the car’s development program.”

“Renovo Motors brings the Coupe to limited series production in 2015. Pre-sales will commence at this Sunday’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Initial sales are targeted for California and will expand nationwide later this year.”

“In addition to the Coupe’s global debut, Renovo will present an exclusive preview of the car on Saturday, August 16th at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The Renovo Coupe Production Prototype will be featured at the Gold Rush Rally in support of the Taylor Lynn foundation, a charity that provides microGRANTS™ focused on enhancing the lives of children.”

“Renovo Motors, a Silicon Valley Car Company, is driven to create the world’s most exciting vehicles. By harnessing the power of the latest electrical, mechanical, and software systems the Renovo team creates cars that redefine the driving experience.  Their debut offering, the Renovo Coupe, sets multiple benchmarks in the EV supercar segment and demonstrates the performance, control, and excitement that is made possible by Renovo’s patent-pending technology.”

2015 Renovo Coupe

2015 Renovo Coupe

2015 Renovo Coupe - Coupe Interior

2015 Renovo Coupe – Coupe Interior

2015 Renovo Coupe - Coupe Headlight

2015 Renovo Coupe – Coupe Headlight

2015 Renovo Coupe - Dim Hood

2015 Renovo Coupe – Dim Hood

The Renovo Coupe from Renovo Motors on Vimeo.

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18 Comments on "Renovo Motors Reveals World’s Sexiest All-Electric Coupe"

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I don’t see any side mirrors. Have they forgotten them?

Obviously beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

That’s one ugly car.

That long front gives it a “rolling penis” vibe…

But this is EXACTLY the kind of thing I would want to see Porsche do. Oh well.

Well, if they will make it fugly too then I hope they just don’t do it at all.
But if you mean an all electric sports car but with a good looking design á la Porsche then I’m totally with you 🙂



Erm, ah, what the hell are you talking about?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

One of the most beautiful body styles ever.. Why not AWD with 4 motors tho? For that money the SLS AMG EV gets you more motors and battery…

looks like one of the retro ev supercars from in time

Looks like Rineheart motor systems controllers:
Not sure how they would accomplish a 30 minute recharge time. The range says 100 miles which means around a 24KWH-36KWH battery pack. On a 48KW-50KW Chademo a 30 minute recharge time should be possible, however not at home. Fastest you could get would be using two Manzinita Micro PFC75s running 36KW, which would be an hour of charge time+. You would a dedicated 200 amp’s of panel capacity for that though.

100 mile range and no 4WD for half a million dollars?

Scratching head on this one…

Why would you need 4WD?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Torque vectoring, handling, different gearing between front and rear for better efficiency, more power, better acceleration, better regenerative braking.

For starters.

Good answer. Few cars need 4WD but I forgot for a moment that it wasn’t a low/medium power ICE but an all electric high powered sports car where does arguments make sense.

$529k for this? I don’t see it happening. $200k maybe but it’s a stretch. It has a look only a mother could like and is just barely faster than the Tesla Roadster.

Yeah, for that kind of money the range should be at least double that!

The battery pack is 30 kWh (that is mentioned on the website of Jalopnik).

Has anybody noticed that there are no side mirrors!

Have they forgotten them?

There must be a reason?

Any idea?

“What’s-a behind me, is NOT important!” – Franco, Gumball Rally