Via CNet, 05-04-2011
One of the biggest issues with electric vehicles is range: that is, how far the car can go before it needs to be charged again. A tiny new EV prototype from Japanese manufacturer SIM-Drive appears to have made some significant progress in this area, with a reported range of around 200 miles.
According to the company the car, which is being called the SIM LEI prototype EV, can go 206 miles while driving under urban traffic conditions and 190 miles while driving at a stead 62 miles per hour. For comparison, under ideal conditions, Nissan claims the Leaf can go 138 miles on a single charge.
The SIM LEI is four wheel drive, features in-wheel motors, and a body designed with efficiency in mind. It has a top speed of 93 miles per hour and is expected to go into mass production in 2013.