Electric Car Prototype Increases Range To 218 Miles

Editor’s Note: EarthTechling is proud to repost this article courtesy of Tecca. Author credit goes to Fox Van Allen.

A few months ago, we reported on SIM-Drive’s SIM-Lei, a Japanese electric car with a record-breaking range of 190 miles on a full charge. The company has been refining its prototype, and just broke its own record. Meet the SIM-WIL, an electric car that can go 218 miles on a single charge.

The secret behind the extended range is in the five-passenger car’s design. The SIM-WIL is over 150 pounds lighter than the SIM-Lei, and has a larger battery. The new model is capable of going 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, thanks in part to its in-wheel motors. It has less space-age contouring than the last iteration, looking more like a normal (electric) car.

With American consumers wary about the range of electric cars, each small improvement in EV technology is important. The Nissan Leaf has sold fairly well, despite having a limited range of only 47 to 105 miles per charge. If this new car can double that range, hopefully it can more than double the rate of adoption.

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1 Comment

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    Four Winds Solar Tim

    Yeahhh,. So Ummmm, why is this not made in America?..Are you telling me we can go to the Moon and walk around, But here on Earth we could not figure this out?  wake up people or one day we will be the only people on this planet with fossil fueled cars.  

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