The SIM-LEI is reporting very impressive range statistics - how do the costs and recharge times compare with the electric only performance of the newly introduced Volt and Leaf in the US? Do the motors in the wheels cause unusual handling characteristics as that mass is moving up and down on bumpy roads with the wheels rather than floating on top of the suspension? How close is this technology to becoming available for consumer use? In terms of the visual appearance, many people buy EV / hybrid cars for the "badge" so a radical design may actually be a selling point (as it was when the Prius' design seemed so unconventional).
I'm sure they had to sacrifice on the design to maintain low aerodynamic resistance. The low-to-the-ground look, for example, helps quite a bit with drag coefficient but makes going over a small bump or up a driveway a challenge.
The battery capacity is written as 24.9Wh. Isn't it too low? Is it in KWh? Also, is there in-wheel motor in each of the four wheels or only the rear wheels? Would be interesting to study the complete technical specs of this car. Pl provide the link .
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