Sim-Drive has just lifted the curtains off their Advance Development Model No. 1. known as “SIM-LEI,” with LEI being an acronym for leading efficiency in-wheel motor. This electric prototype has actually managed to surpass the target of at least 300 kilometers (186 miles) of range on but a solitary charge. Just how far can it venture from the nearest power outlet before it runs out of juice? We’re looking at 333 km (207 miles) actually, at least according to Japan’s JC08 test cycle. Of course, do take that figure with a pinch of salt since JC08 does seem to be more generous than usual, rating the 2010 Toyota Prius at 89.4 miles per gallon under their standards. To have an idea on how far it can survive in the real world, you would have to look at the Toshiba-supplied 24.5 kWh battery used inside which is more or less similar to the capacity of the Nissan Leaf’s pack. Interestingly enough, the SIM-LEI can smoke plenty of cars at a red light, as it accelerates from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 4.8 seconds.
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