The Estrema Fulminea is not just another EV. Forget about the 1.5mW power & spending less than 10 seconds to move from 0 to 320km/h, but what this Italian machine really deserves is that it is the first electric hypercar with solid-state batteries. The Fulminea EV boasts about its all-wheel-drive configuration, having 2,040 horsepower.
Several other electric vehicles have promised similar models, for instance, Lotus Evija, which is close to the 2,000-horsepower mark as the Pininfarina Battista. It is Estrema's innovative hybrid battery that genuinely sets it apart. A recent press report mentioned that the Estrema Fulminea will be the 1st street-legal electric car equipped with a state-of-the-art hybrid battery system that uses a combination of Avesta Battery Energy Engineering's (ABEE) solid-state cells paired with ultra-capacitors. With its hybrid pack of 100 kWh battery, the estimated WLTP range will be 323 miles (520 km).
Automobili Estrema describes that its new-flanged solid-state cells or top-notch performance hybrid battery with cell-to-pack tech will acquire an incredible energy density of 1,200 Wh/lb (450 Wh/kg) with an estimated weight under 661 lb (300 kg) & a total curb weight of 3,307 lb (1,500 kg).
Extraordinary Energy Density
When Belgian battery professional's ABEE publicized their alliance with Italian firm - Automobili Estrema back in February earlier this year, the company also underlined that their battery pack has an extraordinary energy density. When comparing, the Lotus Evija utilizes a 70kWh lithium-ion battery offering it 250 miles (400 km) of range. In contrast, the Pininfarina Battista uses a 120kWh lithium-ion battery pack & has a 279 miles (450 km) range.
In a presentation video for the Estrema Fulminea, Alexander Klatt, the Chief Creative Officer of Automobili Estrema, mentions a Battery Management System (BMS) known as EV-AI. He stated that it is derived from NASA but did not unveil who developed it. He also provides an insight into the electric hypercar's design. The battery pack placement will be similar to the one the Tesla Roadster has; behind the front & the only row of seats, it seems to have.
Mr. Klatt explains how the vehicle's rear design is inspired by the swordfish, with transparent fins illuminating the hypercar's red brake lights. Estrema's Chief Operating Officer - Roberto Olivo, was uncertain about offering a top speed figure but mentioned that the vehicle would potentially be limited to over 217 mph. Mr. Olivo stated, "The inspiration was not just from nature, but the symbols we have been adopted, which is the lightning bolt 'Fulminea' meaning lightning fast in Italian. This lightning bolt is a symbol of clean energy, electricity & speed."
The company also claims novel levels of fast charging with the Fulminea. Automobili Estrema's CEO - Gianfranco Pizzuto, said they want to maintain the charging rate at the maximum possible level & their target is 10 percent to 80 percent in about 15 minutes. The hypercar is expected to hit the market in the second half of 2023, with just 61 examples of hypercar to be developed in Italy's Motor Valley of Modena, costing over £2 million each.
Solid-state batteries are a tech that is yet to be widely rolled out to producing cars, with big car firms investing significantly to create a novel approach towards electric mobility.
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