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DuPont and SIM-Drive help to drive electric vehicles further

Aug 09, 2012

A recent breakthrough in electric vehicle (EV) motor technology from Japan-based SIM-Drive Corp. extends driving range 30 per cent further than today’s mass-produced EV vehicles, in part due to science-powered material innovations and collaboration from DuPont.

"Innovations that help reduce dependence on fossil fuels play a critical role in the future of the automotive industry," said DuPont Kabushiki Kaisha (DKK) President Minoru Amoh. "The power is both in the technology and the collaborative business model used to develop the prototype."

DuPont is one of 34 companies to work with SIM-Drive, Kawasaki City, Japan, on the prototype SIM-WIL next generation EV vehicle that features nearly 50 new technologies. It was unveiled in March.

SIM-Drive credits a unique “in-wheel” motor system and extensive use of lightweight materials for the significant increase in kilometers per charge. SIM-WIL also delivers a maximum speed of 180 km/h (110 mph), sports car acceleration from 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) in 5.4 seconds, and offers a higher level of interior space and comfort.

Increased reliability, performance, reduced weight and an appealing interior and exterior have, in part, been achieved by the use of eight DuPont products including high-performance plastics, film, paper and paint in a collaborative development program between the DuPont Japan Innovation Center in Nagoya, Japan, and SIM-Drive.

"Especially in electric vehicle (EV) applications, these high temperature, chemically resistant products and electrical insulation materials contribute to increased EV system reliability and performance under severe conditions such as wide ranging temperatures and high voltage," said Tomoyuki Shinkai, operating officer, vehicle development co-ordination division general manager, SIM-Drive Corp.

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