This Japanese EV does 200 miles on a single charge

Thirty-four different companies have come together to create a Japanese, all-electric prototype vehicle called the SIM-LEI which claims to have an impressive range of over 200 miles on a single charge. 

News of the prototype was set to be announced earlier this year, but impending delays from the earthquake catastrophe caused the partners to postpone the release.

The SIM-LEI is about 15 and half feet long, just over 5 feet wide, roughly 5 feet in height, and weights approximately 3,600 pounds. 

Equipped with a 24.5 kWh in-wheel electric motor, the car has an equivalent fuel economy of almost 165 miles per gallon.

For an electric vehicle with excellent range, the SIM-LEI is also packs some decent get-up-and- go, clocking 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.8 seconds, and a top speed of over 90 miles per hour.

According to an issued press release from EV developer SIM-Drive, the goal of the electric vehicle program is to start mass production in 2013. 

Any improvements in green transportation are a welcome addition to the market, because as we recently reported, some reports suggest consumers often forego purchasing an environmental friendly car for several reasons, included limited mobility.

Aaron Colter, EarthTechling