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Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Wheel Motor EV Gets Auto Industry backing

It all down to the numbers.

Are the car s in-wheel as good as their developer Can component costs be lowered Will any of the industry s main buy into the concept?

t wouldn t be the time a lowly inventor to realize his dream in the face of resistance.

The only certainty Hiroshi Shimizu s creation, the electric car, is that it like a mini-rocket, reaching 60 mph (97 in just 4 seconds and a top speed of than 200 mph (322 km/h).

Playing on an old Japanese proverb, says seeing is believing and is 100 times more believable seeing.

A ride in the car here his point.

President of small company SIM-Drive Corp. and a of engineering at Japan s Keio Shimizu has spent 30 years his dream car, which on a set of motors built into the s wheels all eight of them.

is a direct-drive system with in the wheels, he says. Other cars are gear-reduction types a gear between the motor and

We realize we re going against the trend in regards to unsprung (the portion of the car not supported by the but our research shows this is not a

However, until a fleet of or one of its successors is road-tested for an extended Shimizu s car will remain theory than fact.

So he and his team at Keio s Electric Laboratory have developed prototypes including the $5 million A ninth, a 4-wheeler, is being for January.

Through use of in-wheel motors and a platform structure into main EV components can be placed, estimates energy consumption can be cut in compared with other cars.

In fact, his next will incorporate a 24-kWh equaling the capacity of Nissan Co. Ltd. s Leaf electric-vehicle giving it an estimated range of 200 (322 km) with the air-conditioner nearly double the Leaf s range.

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Although history is inventors like Shimizu, he has succeeded in putting together a of 30 corporate partners, each nearly $250,000 to join the

Chief among them are makers Mitsubishi Motors and Isuzu Motors Ltd. as as Japan Aviation Electronics Co. Ltd. Pioneer Corp. Corp. and Tokyo Electric Co. Ltd.

Shimizu claims at volumes of 100,000 units, the car cost 1.5 million ($17,600) to not including the battery. Using in-wheel motors at the same level will run an estimated ($1,400).

Nor does he see battery as an insurmountable obstacle. Even he says a 24-kWh unit cost about 500,000 And in the future, he expects that to down to half that or less.

Shimizu bases his optimism on the cost of the industry standard battery for computers, which he runs 10 ($0.12) per watt-hour. that by 24 kilowatts and the total to 240,000 ($2,850).

And that uses more expensive the 63-year-old entrepreneur says.

He Japan still holds a lead on Li-ion batteries and motors. But without a national strategy to promote electric Japan could be passed by and South Korea.

Time tell whether Shimizu s gains traction as the world into EVs. One thing is for the Eliica passes the performance

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