Promises of new cars and companies are countless in the latest years. So much so that they have coined the word “vaporware”, or those cars that end up vanishing in the air. Never to be seen again. Silex Power, a company from Malta, has already suffered from that when it promised the Chreos in 2013. It would be an amazing electric car, with a range of more than 1,000 km on a single charge at a constant speed of 125 km/h. The car, which would have a limited run of 300 units, would be put for sale in 2o15. We have never seen it. This is probably why Silex Power has founded Valene Motors to release details about its new electric car, the Black Mamba.
The car is a trike, in fact. And all its electronic components are placed in the back, for better traction. Valene promises its deliveries will start next year. The Black Mamba is 3.71 m long, 1.98 m wide and 1.10 m high. Its engines range from an 80 kW unit to an 600 kW powerplant. Battery packs also vary. They start with a 15 kWh unit and the largest one to fit the space behind the only 2 seats in the vehicle offer 50 kWh. With one of those, the Black Mamba can run up to 500 km.
The car is compatible with HyperCharging, a system that promises full charges in only 5 minutes, no matter how big the battery pack is. This is the most difficult part to believe. If such a technology was really available, why would it not be offered in most electric cars? The Porsche Mission E, with a 800 V electric system, promises to take 15 minutes to deliver up to 80% of charge.
A prototype for credibility
Aware that it may need more credibility to present such numbers, after promising the Chreos and not delivering it, Silex Power, or else, Valene Motors decided to show pictures of the real prototype.
Perhaps it should not have done so. The car has an amateur aspect, with visible finishing problems.
According to Valene Motors, it will have a “steel and aerospace aluminium chassis with optional titanium alloy elements”, with a composite material body. It seems to be made of fiber glass. Valene, or Silex, is already taking orders for its electric Ariel Atom wannabe. Prices start at € 35,000 and the first 50 units will come with the Clarion Full Digital System.
Valene explains the system in these words: “Full digital signal transfer from a digital source enables direct input of high-resolution audio sources to the speakers without worrying about sound deterioration. High quality full digital sound is reproduced, with purity that’s true to the original. High efficiency conversion from digital signals into sound makes the system capable of delivering 4 times the high power output of conventional full digital systems, while achieving low power consumption that is only about 1/5th that of analogue systems. The occupants will experience exceptional sound quality whilst preserving better the energy stored in the batteries”. In short, it is a high quality sound system that does not deplete the batteries as much as an analogue system. But in an open car?
We really hope Silex one day delivers the Chreos, which can be seen in the video above. And that the Black Mamba is no vaporware. Or that the final production model looks better than the prototype presented so far. But we would take everything with a pinch of salt. At least until we have better indications that the company is serious, as well as its claims. A full charge in 5 minutes would finish any concerns on range anxiety for good.