Altairnano Batteries Power Electric Vehicle To World Speed Record For Electric Dragsters

December 19, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. announced that Dennis "Kilowatt" Berube has set the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) Super Pro class world speed record for electric dragsters driving a vehicle powered by Altairnano battery packs.

Powered by Altairnano’s lithium-titanate battery packs, Berube’s electric dragster, named the "Current Eliminator V", accelerated to a speed of 153.6 mph, covering a quarter-mile in 8.10 seconds, setting a new electric dragster world speed record.

"We are truly thrilled for Dennis," said Dr. Alan Gotcher, President and CEO of Altair Nanotechnologies, "Not only is it a great milestone for Dennis, but it is a great milestone for the alternative energy transportation industry," Dr. Gotcher continued, "People think of electric vehicles as golf carts, but as Dennis’s new world record shows, electric vehicles are extremely powerful and capable of impressive speeds."

In the NHRA’s Super Pro class, Berube successfully competes against conventional gasoline and alcohol dragsters. A founding competitor of the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA), Berube holds several records for his speed and racing accomplishments.