Silex Power announces 1,000 km-range Chreos high-performance EV
Alternative energy company Silex Power has announced its intention to enter the electric car market at the very top. The company intends to make a limited run of 300 units of its luxury Chreos EV by 2015, and, judging from the press release, the car boasts luxury, if perhaps aspirational, statistics to match – particularly with respect to range and charge times.
The car, which Silex Power describes as an upmarket electric fastback sedan, will apparently be 5.42 m long, 2.16 m wide and 1.49 m high (17.78 x 7.09 x 4.89 ft) of carbon fiber.
Silex says that the car will be driven by four electric motors (yes, one in each wheel) delivering 640 bhp (477 kW) and 4,400 Nm (3,245 foot pounds) of torque. The company reckons that this will see the Chreos from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 2.9 seconds. The Chreos will be limited to a comfortable top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph).
Clearly Silex is aiming for luxury performance, and this extends to mileage. Though a specific battery spec is not stated, performance criteria are. Silex is shooting for a remarkable range: 1,000 km (621 miles), and that's cruising at 125 km/h (77 mph). Silex indicates that the Chreos's range will be extended with a number of performance modes that can selected automatically by the vehicle. In economy mode, the Chreos effectively becomes a rear-wheel drive vehicle.
Perhaps most remarkable is Silex's so-called "Hypercharge technology" which it claims will fully charge an empty battery in 10 minutes, thank to some sort of modified cathode. This appears to be a proprietary system requiring a 10,000–15,000 V source. Though the Chreos will also be chargeable using a domestic supply, charge times aren't given.
Clearly, renderings and numbers do not an EV make, and it's hard to tell to what extent we're looking at smoke and mirrors. Silex has pledged to reveal more information, including interior shots and technological specifics in April.
Silex indicates that other non-luxury EVs may follow.
A promo reel is below.