Japanese EV Prototype Sets Impressive Range

Thirty-four different companies have come together to create a Japanese, all-electric prototype vehicle called the SIM-LEI which claims to have an impressive range of over 200 miles on a single charge. News of the prototype was set to be announced earlier this year, but impending delays from the earthquake catastrophe caused the partners to postpone the release.

The SIM-LEI is about 15 and half feet long, just over 5 feet wide, roughly 5 feet in height, and weights approximately 3,600 pounds. Equipped with a 24.5 kWh in-wheel electric motor, the car has an equivalent fuel economy of almost 165 miles per gallon.

image via SIM-Drive

For an electric vehicle with excellent range, the SIM-LEI is also packs some decent get-up-and- go, clocking 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.8 seconds, and a top speed of over 90 miles per hour.

According to an issued press release from EV developer SIM-Drive, the goal of the electric vehicle program is to start mass production in 2013. Any improvements in green transportation are a welcome addition to the market, because as we recently reported, some reports suggest consumers often forego purchasing an environmental friendly car for several reasons, included limited mobility.

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Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.