According to SSC, the car will showcase the new "All-Electric Scalable Powertrain", or AESP, a system that aims to prove electric cars can be even more fun to drive than combustion-engined vehicles. The reason for that is that electric cars have their full torque at 0 rpm. And, in Ultimate Aero EV's case, with its twin motor AESP, this full torque is 1,085 Nm and 1,013 bhp! That allows the car to accelerate from 0 to 96 km/h in 2.5 s and to reach a top speed of 335 km/h. Ultimate Aero EV uses a three-speed automatic gearbox with electronically controlled times of only 0.24 s.
With such a performance, it would not be a surprise if the car batteries ran out in 5 minutes, but this is not what happens to Ultimate Aero EV, according to SSC. The car can run up to 322 km on a single full charge, but, in case the driver depletes this charge with many runs at full speed (in a race track, for example), SSC has given this super electric car a system called "Charge on the Run". It allows a full battery recharge in only 10 minutes. Considering full charges normally take hours, this is quite an accomplishment. The only requirement is that the power outlet must be 220V.
As for using the car at its full speed, there must not be any concerns towards battery temperature (they may overheat in such conditions), once AESP is liquid cooled.
This is just the beginning for SSC Green division. By presenting AESP in such a majestic way, they will be able to supply the system to other carmakers or even to develop new products of their own. They plan 200 hp applications in economy and mid-size cars, 500 hp applications for light trucks and SUVs and up to 1,200 hp applications for delivery trucks, heavy-duty equipment, buses and military vehicles.
As it usually happens with something that seems so good, you could expect that old speech of development time and deliveries only in 2050, but SSC will present the Ultimate Aero EV in the second quarter of 2009 and start delivering it by the end of the year. Besides that, Jerod Shelby, the founder of the company, will drive the car in superspeedways at high speeds, along with special guests, pitting only to show how fast the car recharges. We can't wait to see that happen. And the good part it that it will happen soon.