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Electric car prototype increases range to 218 miles

Tecca -- 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.


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Submitted Apr 05, 2012 By: PhilMils
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DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2012 3:56:10 AM

it's all about dramatic improvements in battery technology
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An EV is still not for me. Bring on the CNGs with an affordable MSRP!
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Electric cars are still too expensive to buy!
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I'm still not convinced I would buy one.
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Let's wait for real world, real car results.
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2012 2:15:30 AM

then the batteries need replacement??
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wow
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Still not enough
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Still not enough
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Still not enough!!
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2012 11:56:14 PM

Improvements.

Now what about the afterlife of the fuel cells?
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2012 11:54:03 PM

at least allows a daily commute AND evening transportation.
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2012 11:26:01 PM

And what do you do when you run low or out of juice? Tow?
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Still not enough.
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Very well.
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Nice
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Big deal.
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Still wary of range.
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Can the average Joe work on them?
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And can a family of four ride in it comfortably???
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Still no where ready for prime time, does it meet safety standards?
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Good one TomT2Lee!!!
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Next thought, a bicycle pedal system so the driver can help recharge the battery.
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I'd buy one if it cost three grand. Somehow I don't think that's the case, though.
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Now lets try it in the dead of winter with the lights and heater on.
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Still not 4 me.
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Cool!
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Love it
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2012 8:19:05 PM

Call me when range is 500 miles.
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2012 8:06:17 PM

Awesome, lets get these out and drop the price to about $15,000
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2012 8:04:27 PM

Sounds like good news.
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