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Move Over Range Anxiety, The SIM-LEI Can Go 200 Miles On A Single Charge


You may not be able to ride in this electric vehicle until 2013, but a Japanese car manufacturer has finally come up with an EV that can go over 207 miles on a single charge.

The SIM-LEI, developed by SIM-Drive Corporation, can also go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. Considering the Nissan LEAF has a range of about 100 miles per charge, this is a huge step up.

The Tesla Roadster, of course, has a similar range (as the SIM-LEI), but the SIM-LEI is a family sedan and would work for a completely different demographic.

According to the company’s press release, the “in-wheel motor and component built-in frame” helps with the fuel efficiency. Which essentially means that an electric motor is fitted within the hub of the vehicle’s two front wheels — and that’s what keeps the wheels going. Other contributing factors: an all steel monocoque body to reduce body weight, a high power density battery for efficient energy re-generation, and super low rolling friction resistance tires that reduce resistance.

The car actually uses the same battery as the LEAF, but because the engine directly powers the wheels in this case, no amount of energy is lost.

Range anxiety has been a huge deterrent for most first time EV buyers, and the technology used in this car could go a long way in curbing that problem for good. Of course, we’re going to have to wait two years to see this on the road, but at least we know it’s coming!

Via Smart Planet

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