Renovo Coupe claims to be the first all-electric supercar in the US, priced at $529,000

Article by Andrew Christian, on August 16, 2014

Renovo Motors unveiled at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance the Renovo Coupe, a production prototype of its upcoming vehicle. Renavo claims that the Coupe is America’s first all-electric supercar and looking at the specs we might agree with them. The Renovo Coupe uses a twin sequential axial flux motor that deliver a total output of 500 hp and 1,000 lb-ft (1,355 Nm) of torque instantly available.

With a curb eight of just 3,250 lbs (1,474 kg) and a throttle response with full power available in 37 milliseconds the vehicle is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and offers a top speed of 120 mph or 193 km/h.

This means that the Renovo Coupe is faster than its main rival, the Tesla Roadster which accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.7 seconds. According to Renovo Motors, the Coupe comes with a patent-pending modular lithium ion battery technology that offers a range of 100 miles (160 km/h) on a charge and can be recharged via a DC quick charger in just half an hour.

Still, there is a standard Level 2 charger that can charge the batter in 5 hours. Set to enter limited production in 2015, the Renovo Coupe is built in Silicon Valley, USA and sits on a factory-modified Shelby American CSX9000 rolling chassis.

Coming with a hefty $529,000 price tag, the prototype version is currently on display at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, so if you want to see how a $500k electric car looks like you might see it there.

"Renovo Motors sought to create an aspirational vehicle that demonstrates the performance, control, and excitement that is possible with EV technology," said Renovo's CEO Christopher Heiser. "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." [source: Renovo Motors]

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