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Long-Range EV Has Motors in its Wheels

Design News -- Japanese prototype electric vehicle (EV) with motors in its wheels has an extended driving range 30 percent longer than other mass-produced EVs, due in part to engineering plastics.

The SIM-WIL EV from SIM-Drive Corp. of Kawasaki City, Japan, contains almost 50 new technologies from several companies, including DuPont Performance Polymers. SIM-Drive says a unique in-wheel motor system and extensive use of lightweight materials, including high-performance polymers, allow the car to travel 218 miles on a single charge.



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Submitted Aug 25, 2012 By: doeslayersr
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2012 5:06:42 AM

good to think outside the box.
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2012 5:32:39 PM

In-wheel motors have been around for awhile. But auto executives can't think outside the box.
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bart_reed
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2012 10:12:47 AM

This is a great development.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 5:02:05 PM

Engineered plastics? Sounds like a toy.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 12:54:20 PM

Too expensive.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 3:46:46 AM

Lightweight and Strong materials for the body and other components, Long Range and High Mileage vehicle. Motors at the wheels to put te power where it is needed, no connecting rods or linkage needed. An EV with a reasonable cost, a battery for high mileage and distance, a quick battery recharging time and a decent battery replacement cost. ALL of those auto batteries will be REUSED or RECYCLED, they will not be thrown away into a land fill OR placed in storage and piled up! Some people have NO clue!
I will drive my current vehicle into the ground before buying anything new, used, EV, Inbred, diesel, hydrogen, alternative fuel, CNG, concept or anything else.
My current vehicle was paid for many years ago and it works just fine! Why have another car payment in 'coming out of the closet' Barry's lousy, smoke and mirrors, lack of jobs, dog and pony show and in the crapper economy, the good paying jobs are Not here. Barry's economy is not improving but continues to hurt the population and the job numbers continues to be down – no matter how smoooooth talking Barry spins those numbers and he can spin them very well! People will still drive and buy fuel no matter what but it sure helps to have a job too!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 1:06:34 AM

So add a small engine and matching generator to recharge the batteries on the go.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 12:45:59 AM

Ok
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MrPony
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 11:54:48 PM

218 miles on a single charge...what if you have to travel more than that? Should we pull a trailer with extra batteries?
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 11:53:05 PM

yoopie...
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 11:26:49 PM

Ridiculous!
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 11:18:13 PM

The ranges are getting better on EV's.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 11:17:08 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 11:15:26 PM

The weak link is in Washington and the car manufacturers that won't go for CNG!
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 11:12:42 PM

I won't own an EV. Where do you stow the 100 mile cord?
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 11:11:49 PM

Good for the wheels.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 11:10:28 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 11:10:22 PM

A service department manager thought of that concept.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 11:09:35 PM

yep
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Oh tay?
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If it can get off the ground it is a flying saucer.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 11:07:17 PM

how many yrs does the battery last?
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 11:03:13 PM

thanks for the post
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 11:03:12 PM

Nothing new here, the battery is still the weak link and that is where the advancements need to be made before these 'things' will become mainstream.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 11:02:25 PM

ok
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That is a Motorcycle.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:57:22 PM

This technology sounds like it is worth a try.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:55:55 PM

We'll see if is feasible for us to buy.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:54:47 PM

Very interesting
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:53:37 PM

nice to see EV are coming into the range of affordability
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:53:21 PM

Go for it!
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:52:45 PM

Read about this in Motor Trend back in the 70's!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:52:27 PM

Really? 218 miles on one charge?

That would help people who want to go to and from work without having to charge the batteries while at the destination.

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How can anyone say that this is adapted from the Prius - or any other electric car - just because it happens to have regenerative braking?

[Edited by: MacDad614 at 8/25/2012 11:55:16 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:52:02 PM

Interesting - it sounds as if this technology was actually adopted from the Prius. The front wheels on the Prius hybrids assist in charging the engine's battery.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:49:55 PM

the guidos invented this years ago

company was called runzonlidownhill

went out of business
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:49:34 PM

interesting
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:49:26 PM

You can keep your EV's.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:47:04 PM

Increased range with this innovation
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:45:04 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:44:46 PM

interesting....
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Ok
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:43:01 PM

Not exactly a new idea. Should be fun when any one of the motors breaks down.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:38:13 PM


And how will those motors do in wet weather, fording streams or driving thru standing water?
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:36:58 PM

this is better, but still is not fitting for long distances
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:34:13 PM

meh
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:33:00 PM

k
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:32:39 PM

Motors in wheels is not new, electric drive vehicles have used it for years.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:31:20 PM

Novel ideal! Plastic engines in wheels
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 10:27:25 PM

More motors got have problems with.
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Very interesting
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