eRUF a.k.a. the electric RUF Porsche 911 powered by UQM propulsion system

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

It was announced today by UQM Technologies, INC., a developer of alternate energy technologies, that the recently released eRUF all-electric sports car is powered by a UQM Power Phase 150 electric propulsion system.

The eRUF electric-powered sports car was developed by RUF Automobile GmbH, a well-known producer of high-performance cars and maker of the celebrated CTR-series of sports cars.

eRUF Model A can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in less than seven seconds and has a speed ceiling of 225 km/h (140 mph).

Estimated effective distance per charge is between 250 to 320 kilometers (155 to 200 miles) depending on the performance level of the Axeon plc iron-phosphate, lithium-ion batteries that are at the core of the car's powerhouse.

Alois Ruf Jr., owner and chief executive of RUF Automobile GmbH, remarked that the PowerPhase 150 propulsion system installed in the eRUF Model A – with its impressive maximum torque of 650 Nm – puts a number of conventional combustion engines "to shame."

He said that the torque output of the UQM electric propulsion system could be compared to that of the RUF Rt 12. On the other hand, William G. Rankin, UQM Technologies' president and chief executive, said it was their pleasure to have its PowerPhase 150 propulsion system chosen by RUF Automobile to power the RUF sports car, the first electric-powered sports car from Germany.

Press Release

RUF Automobile GmbH Introduces All-Electric Sports Car Powered by UQM Propulsion System

FREDERICK, Colo. October 20, 2008:UQM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (NYSE Alternext US: UQM), a developer of alternative energy technologies, announced today that the recently introduced eRUF all-electric sports car is being powered by a UQM® PowerPhase® 150 electric propulsion system. The eRUF all-electric sports car is being developed by RUF Automobile GmbH, an internationally known manufacturer of high-performance automobiles and producer of the renowned CTR-series of sports cars.

The eRUF all-electric sports car, designated the eRUF Model A, accelerates from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in under seven seconds and has a top speed of 225 kilometers per hour. Estimated range per charge is 250 kilometers to 320 kilometers, depending on performance level, using Axeon plc iron-phosphate, lithium-ion batteries.

"The UQM® electric propulsion system in the eRUF Model A puts many conventional combustion engines to shame, producing a maximum 650 Nm of torque output which rips into the drive shaft so impressively during acceleration, that one is immediately reminded of the extremely powerful RUF Rt 12," said Alois Ruf Jr., owner and CEO of RUF Automobile GmbH.

"We are pleased that RUF Automobile has selected our powerful PowerPhase® 150 propulsion system to deliver the exceptional performance its customers expect from a RUF sports car," said William G. Rankin, UQM Technologies' President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are excited to be part of the first electrically powered sports car from Germany."

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