This Super EV Goes 620 Miles, 186 MPH – And It Isn’t Tesla

Silex Power, a small firm from the island nation of Malta, has cooked up a rather unique upper-market electric vehicle concept which, if it actually hits production in 2015, could rival the likes of Tesla Motors for performance and range, according to Technologic Vehicles. Dubbed the Chreos, a limited run of 300 models are planned, so one can expect this car will be rather expensive.

Figures on the Chreos, as far as Silex spins them anyhow [PDF], are very impressive. Driven by four electric motors, one in each wheel, the car is capable of 640bhp of power and 4400Nm of torque. The vehicle goes from 0 to 100km/h, or 60 MPH, in less than 2.9 seconds and  it can motor along the roads at an electronically limited 300km/h, or 186 MPH.  A next generation battery pack gives the EV range to cover an astounding distance of 1000km on a single charge, or 620 miles, speeding along the motorway at a speed of 125km/h, or 77 MPH.

Silex Chreos (image via Silex Power)

Silex Chreos (image via Silex Power)

Charging time for this miracle battery pack, using what Silex describes as its Hypercharge technology, is less than 10 minutes for a full recharge. The vehicle comes with two electric charging ports – one for its tech and one for regular charging – and notes the Hypercharge offering requires high voltage (10-15,000  volts) to the port that

will deliver the massive amounts of power required to charge up the batteries utilizing a low current, and thus standard copper wires. Silex hopes that this revolutionary approach to rapid car charging will bring a spur in the installation of such charging points alongside fuel pumps that will serve to charge up Chreos and vehicles from other manufacturers that will embark on the fast charging lane.

The battery itself, meanwhile, is described as being “a Lithium battery variant, which has a modified cathode that allows rapid charging. The batteries have a power density that is higher than that used on other mainstream electric vehicles (circa 400Wh/kg compared to the 200-250Wh/kg). The batteries will be specially manufactured for  Chreos and other future Silex vehicles by an existing battery manufacturer and be very expensive at first.”

Like other electric cars on the market already, the Chreos will sport a variety of driving modes to help adjust to driver demand for performance versus energy savings.

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11 Comments

  • Reply February 23, 2013

    PorfirioR

    I guess this is a sign that the EV revolution is starting. This is starting to remind me of the dot-com days, when companies would spring up out of nowhere and make wild promises about a product while they show you all it can do through a flashy powerpoint presentation or video. All in the hopes that some venture capitalist would take a chance and throw a lot of money their way or to put fear in some of the established companies to provoke an acquisition.

    • Reply February 24, 2013

      sandy222

      Stratis?

      • Reply February 24, 2013

        PorfirioR

        Heironeous

        • Reply February 25, 2013

          sandy222

          Sorry, thought you might be an old friend of mine whose last name is eerily similar to PorfirioR. (First name Stratis)

          • February 25, 2013

            PorfirioR

            That’s alright. I thought I would have a little fun at your expense with some gaming trivia.

  • Reply February 24, 2013

    BrandonRains

    i call bogus!

  • Reply February 24, 2013

    BrandonRains

    company is bogus they filed for 13 different domains, in the last 12 months, they have been a “power” as in utilities since 2010, http://reversewhois.domaintools.com/silex-power-limited http://www.enfsolar.com/directory/seller/14851

  • Reply February 24, 2013

    Sean McCartin

    Their claims are overkill. I know the capabilities of the batteries they use – they’re commonly available in the high-performance radio control hobby, they’re called Lithium Polymer batteries and they have impressive capacity and power output.

    The one thing that really stands out as a complete lie is that they claim a 10 minute charging time – that’s at a 6C rate, or 6 amps for every one amp-hour of capacity. Charging a LiPoly battery at that rate WILL cause the battery to ignite. Also, running four motors for a range of 680 miles is just BS – either it will likely over-discharge the batteries which results in – you guessed it – a fire, or the car is 70% batteries by weight, which means that more than likely a battery would be punctured in an accident, which will result in a fire.

    Basically, this car is a fire hazard. Stick to your Teslas and Nissans for now.

  • Reply February 24, 2013

    ChristianHJW

    Watch this on Youtube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ouj5YorBuFQ

    It’ agreat 90 mins movie on electric cars. And yes, the big car makers are REALLY afraid of electric vehicles ! If a TESLA can do it, who else might ? Is APPLE next ?

  • Reply February 24, 2013

    sandy222

    Lovely video … music is awesome … believeability? Not this decade.

  • Reply February 25, 2013

    Glen Caines

    The electric vehicle I imagine, that does not exist, does all that , and is invisible. They may indeed have new tech in the works, but charging technology they describe is far in the future. Also, it looks like a Lincoln.

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