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Published on April 17th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


Attractive EV that Goes over 200 Miles per Charge (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

April 17th, 2012 by  

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I reposted an article from Gas2 the other day about an electric vehicle that can reportedly go 218 miles (~351 km) on a single charge, the SIM-WIL. In the original post and in my short introduction to it, Chris and I mentioned that it wasn’t the prettiest vehicle we’d ever seen. However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it turns out a number of readers actually like the look of the car — especially the actual car, not the computer models shown in the original post (and I also think the real car looks quite nice — much better than the computer model).

Anyway, 1) since we had a number of people chime in, 2) since beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, 3) since one of our commenters shared some good images and a video of the car, and 4) since I realize that our articles have a bit of influence on what people think (heck, that’s a big reason why I’m in this field — to try to have a positive influence on society), I’m following up with this post on how cool/interesting/great the vehicle looks 😀 while also highlighting some of its killer performance details.

First, here’s a video of the car (looks even better in the video than in the images, in my opinion):

And here are a couple more pics:

Some reported performance details:

  • 218 miles (~351 km) per charge
  • 35.1 kWh Panasonic battery takes 12 hours to fully charge (using a 200-volt outlet)
  • 3,100 pounds
  • top speed of 180 kph (~110 mph)
  • 0-60 mph in just 5.4 seconds
  • 4-wheel drive
  • side-view mirrors have both small optical mirrors and video mirrors and are super aerodynamic

The vehicle is supposed to hit commercialization in 2014.

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  • I know it’s a couple years before launch, but is there any word on possible pricing? Or, is it even worth discussing this early in the game?

  • Unlike Eric I find the looks (not to mention the attributes) of this car to be quite pleasing to my eye.


  • With that range it could operate as a taxi for a full shift.

  • Zachary,

    A couple of other important facts about the SIM-WIL:

    It does 0-60MPH in just 5.4 seconds — this is seriously quick.

    It has 4-wheel drive.

    The side view mirrors have both small optical mirrors and video mirrors which are much better than optical in some situations. They are smaller and more aerodynamic than anything else out there.

    So, this is a quick, 4 seat electric car, that drive farther than anything else except the Tesla, and it will be considerably less money than those. I’m fairly certain they will have a cleaner design for the wiper arm on the production model.

    It would have an MPGe of well over 200, since the battery capacity is equivalent to a tad bigger than 1 gallon of gasoline (33.7kWh = 1 gal).


    • Thanks, Neil. Think I’ll go ahead and stick some of those details in the list.

    • Hope

      Wow… that IS rapid. And I say that as someone who rides motorycles.

  • Eric from KC

    Attractive??? This has to be one of the ugliest cars I’ve ever seen. Why can’t “green” cars be sporty looking? If they were, I might consider buying one. But as long as they look like bubbles or oddly shaped bugs… i’m out.

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