May 19, 2011

Electric Car Goes Over 200 Miles On One Charge

Japanese vehicle designer SIM-Drive unveiled an electric car it claims can travel more than 200 miles on a single charge, reports AFP.

Company officials on Wednesday said they hoped to put the car on the market by 2013, but were unable to give a projected cost. They said the four-passenger "SIM-LEI" has motors in each wheel and has an ultra-light frame, allowing for 207 miles of motoring before the battery needs recharging.

The designers, working among a joint project including 34 organizations including Mitsubishi Motors, said they hope they can sell the prototype to manufacturers for mass production.

Nissan, among others, are putting all their cards on the table, saying electric cars with zero tailpipe emissions will be the future of the automobile industry, eventually running gas hogs off the road.

Nissan unveiled its own electric car -- called Leaf -- last year with a 160-mile range.

Electric cars face many roadblocks as they rely on costly batteries and there are few conveniently-located recharging stations currently available. The lack of recharging stations ultimately limit's the operating radius of electric vehicles.

For more information on the new SIM-LEI and its developer SIM-Drive, click on the following link: http://www.sim-drive.com/english/index.html