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Japanese carmaker reveals electric car secrets

Think electric cars and Japan and your thoughts might turn to the Nissan LEAF, the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid or maybe the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. However, there is a new addition to this impressive line-up of electric cars from the land of the rising sun.

The SIM-Drive Corporation has revealed its latest prototype electric car, known as SIM-CEL (pictured). It is capable of 202miles on a single charge and can race from 0-62mph in just 4.2seconds.

SimDrive SIM-CEL electric car.

So what are its secrets?

At the heart of the SIM-CEL electric car are four in-wheel motors that produce a maximum torque of 3,400Nm: around 850Nm per motor. This is a rapid rise compared to the previous concept which produced 700Nm per motor. Its maximum output meanwhile is 260kW, with the lithium-ion battery pack boasting a 29.6kWh capacity.

In addition, the vehicle focuses on a host of light weighting technologies: which involved close collaboration with 26 other companies.

DSM, for example, contributed a body panel in its EcoPaXX polyamide 410; a heat sink for efficient LED headlights; and a wheel cover centre cap. ExoPAXX polyamide is 70 per cent sourced from a castor plant and certified as 100 per cent carbon neutral.


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