12/1/2008

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This is a Model A. No, not a contemporary (Porsche 911-based) take on the Ford car of that nomenclature (the one from 1927-31), but a new development from RUF Automobile GmbH (Pfaffenhausen, Germany; www.ruf-automobile.de), a Bavarian builder of high-performance cars. What makes this a particularly interesting development is that it is an all-electric sports car. Talk about torque: the three-phase 150-kW electric motor is said to produce 650 Nm—or 479 lb-ft—of torque starting at 1 rpm. The propulsion system is provided by UQM Technologies (Frederick, CO; www.uqm.com). The car uses iron-phosphate, lithium-ion batteries sourced from Axeon Holdings plc (Dundee, Scotland; www.axeon.com); the 96-cell battery pack has a peak capacity of 150-kW and the ability to power the vehicle on the order of 155 to 199 miles on a charge. 

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