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September 1, 2009

Return of the monster! Zilla controller production headed for Washington

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If you’ve done any reading about racing electric cars or converting vehicles to run on batteries, it’s likely you’ve heard of the Zilla controller. This monster takes the current from the battery pack and dishes it out to the motor and the Zilla controller is known for handling higher amperage than most; its top model is rated for 2000 amps. In case you’re wondering, that’s a lot. The only problem with the Zilla seems to have been its availability, as their production volume has been as low as their handcrafted quality has been high, resulting in customers spending too much time on a waiting list. Well, that wait time is about to become a whole lot shorter as Cafe Electric is partnerin’ up with EV Components.

The plan is to set up production in the State of Washington and begin attacking the wait list in early November and reach a volume that will see product waiting for you instead. Pricing is said to be carried over with the new arrangement and performance-oriented boxes will begin assembly first. Otmar Ebenhoech, the mad scientist behind both Cafe Electric and Zilla masterpiece, will take advantage of the new arrangement to go back to the lab concoct beasts anew. We suspect one of new products will be a performance controller for AC electric motors. The CEO of EV Components, James Morrison is devising a plan to promote both his company and this product in particular by sponsoring an annual NEDRA event at Pacific Raceways in the Seattle area. He hopes to show up in a 10-second, twin-Zilla’d version of the GTM supercar you see pictured above. Mr. Morrison already owns one car in the NEDRA record book.

[Source: EVDL / Zillablog via Tesla Motors Club]

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