Published on 25 Feb 2013 by Adriano
Silex Chreos is a new luxury concept car created by Maltese company Silex Power, and it’s an all-electric vehicle. The model presents itself as a three-volume sedan with pretty bold aesthetics, but what makes it special is the unbelievable powertrain it comes with: the Silex Chreos in fact develops 640 horsepower electric, but even this figure pales away when compared to its instantaneous torque of 4400 Nm. Yes, you read that right.
The model should go into production within three years with some innovative technical solutions that might revolutionize the world of the electric vehicles in terms of performance, usability and autonomy. The Chreos is 5.42 centimeters long, 2.16 meters wide and 1.48 meters high, with a wheelbase of 3.54 meters. The extensive use of carbon fiber allowed its engineers to keep its weight below the 2200 kg mark, most of which is due to the heavy batteriy pack of its electric powertrain.
Keeping the focus on the performance figures released by its maker, this machine could potentially change the automotive business for real: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 2.9 seconds, 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in less than 6 seconds, and a top speed of 300 km/h (187 mph). Even more striking are the claimed range and charging time: at a costant speed of 125 km/h, the Silex Chreos should be able to travel for something 1,000 km, and after that it will need less than 10 minutes to get its battery fully re-filled. That’s really something we’ve never heard of before.
It goes without saying that such a fast re-charging is not possible through a common household power outlet: it would need the so-called HyperCharge technology to do that, which can provide some really high voltage (10-15,000 volts) and be easily placed in the service areas. The batteries are specially manufactured for the Chreos and have a power density that is higher than that used on other mainstream electric vehicles (400 Wh/kg against 200-250 Wh/kg). Initially this type of battery will be very costly, but since Silex is going to produce them on its own and use them for other vehicles, the price is expected to decrease gradually.