Renovo Coupe All-Electric Supercar Unveiled

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Have you ever met someone who wants a Shelby Daytona Coupe Le Mans racer with eco-friendly credentials? Neither did we, but Renovo Motors made such a contraption. Aside from the timeless body shell, the Renovo Coupe stacks pretty fine on paper as well, so what is there to know about this thing?
The specialty manufacturer describes the recently unveiled Coupe as "the first all-electric American supercar." Although Renovo debuted a production prototype at Pebble Beach, the company is already taking orders, with limited production slated for 2015. Proudly built in Silicon Valley just like the Tesla Model S, this eco-friendly sports car uses patent-pending modular lithium-ion battery technology and a factory modified Shelby CSX9000 rolling chassis. Even though it doesn't have the thumping great V8 of the '60s racer, the Coupe does impress on paper. Heck, it even shames the most modern of supercars.

3,250-pound (1,474 kgs) curb weight, 3.4-second 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) run, over 500 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft (1,355 Nm) of torque from two twin sequential axial flux motors, instant throttle response and a 30-minute quick charge or a 5-hour level 2 charge. Is it enough to float your eco-friendly boat? Don't know about you, but we're pretty excited by what this blue machine with white go-faster stripes is capable of. If you want one, you'd better hurry with that deposit 'cause the production is limited and we have a sneaking suspicion many people will want a vehicle that sprints to 60 mph as fast as the Renovo Coupe without using a drop of fossil fuel or emitting any carbon dioxide emissions whatsoever.

"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."

Renovo Motors CTO Jason Stinson adds: "Our motivation to design and build our cars is not artificially tied to any particular propulsion technology. Simply put, we can do things with electric vehicles that can't be replicated by any other platform. Exploring these areas, reducing them to practice, and building them into our products is at the core of what we do best." Check out the video below to see the Renovo Coupe smoke its wheels.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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