SIM-Drive, Japanese electric vehicle specialist behind Eliica electric car, has unveiled the SIM-LEI electric car that can travel more than 200 miles (300 kilometers) on a single charge.
According to the SIM-Drive, the SIM-LEI electric car can travel 333 km (207 miles) on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery pack, twice as long as the current electric cars with normal capacity Li-ion batteries.
The SIM-LEI and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62mph) in 4.8 seconds, the performance equivalent to the prestige sport cars.
The SIM-LEI’s efficiency as is equivalent to 70km/L (about 1.42 L/100km or 165.6 mpg US).
The battery capacity to achieve this target is 24.5kWh as almost the same level as other electrical vehicles presented in the market. Alternating Current electrical power consumption rate is 77Wh/km. The SIM-LEI is equipped with high-performance in-wheel motors and has an ultra-light frame.
SIM-Drive said they hoped to put the car on the market by 2013, but were unable to give a projected cost.
SIM-Drive said they hope the prototype, a joint project among 34 organizations including Mitsubishi Motors and engineering firm IHI, will be sold to car manufacturers for mass production.
General Specification of SIM-LEI
Overall Length / Width / Height: 4700mm/1600mm/1550mm
Number of seat places: 4
Vehicle Weight: 1650kg
Drive System: Outer rotor direct drive in-wheel motor
Range per charge by JC-08 mode: 333km (207 miles)
at 100km/h (62mph) constant: 305km (189.5 miles)
Driving energy consumption: 77Wh/km
By JC-08 mode: at 100km/h constant: 88Wh/km
Standing start acceleration: 0→100km/h (0→62mph) in 4.8s
Maximum speed: 150km/h (93mph)