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  • Employees of Japan's electric vehicle venture SIM-Drive dust the fourth generation model of the company's electric vehicle 'SIM-HAL' at the University of Tokyo on March 31, 2014. SIM-HAL has newly developed highly efficient in-wheel motors for all wheels and enables a drive of 400km with a charge. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
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JAPAN-AUTO-ENVIRONMENT
  • JAPAN-AUTO-ENVIRONMENT
  • Employees of Japan's electric vehicle venture SIM-Drive dust the fourth generation model of the company's electric vehicle 'SIM-HAL' at the University of Tokyo on March 31, 2014. SIM-HAL has newly developed highly efficient in-wheel motors for all wheels and enables a drive of 400km with a charge. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
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JAPAN-AUTO-ENVIRONMENT
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  • Japan's electric vehicle venture SIM-Drive chairman Soichiro Fukutake (L) and president Nobuhiro Tajima display the fourth generation model of the company's electric vehicle 'SIM-HAL' at the University of Tokyo on March 31, 2014. SIM-HAL has newly developed highly efficient in-wheel motors for all wheels and enables a drive of 400km with a charge. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Image Credit: Getty Editorial
JAPAN-AUTO-ENVIRONMENT
  • JAPAN-AUTO-ENVIRONMENT
  • An employee of Japan's electric vehicle venture SIM-Drive dusts the fourth generation model of the company's electric vehicle 'SIM-HAL' at the University of Tokyo on March 31, 2014. SIM-HAL has newly developed highly efficient in-wheel motors for all wheels and enables a drive of 400km with a charge. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
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JAPAN-AUTO-ENVIRONMENT
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  • Japan's electric vehicle venture SIM-Drive chairman Soichiro Fukutake (L) smiles as he sits inside the fourth generation model of the company's electric vehicle 'SIM-HAL' at the University of Tokyo on March 31, 2014. SIM-HAL has newly developed highly efficient in-wheel motors for all wheels and enables a drive of 400km with a charge. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • JAPAN-AUTO-ENVIRONMENT
  • Journalists look at Japanese electric vehicle venture SIM-Drive's new 'SIM-HAL' at the University of Tokyo on March 31, 2014. SIM-HAL has newly developed highly efficient in-wheel motors for all wheels and enables a drive of 400km with a charge. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
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In Japan, it seems the fourth time's a charm. Meet SIM-HAL, the latest prototype from SIM-Drive and its partners. Like its three predecessors – the SIM-LEI, SIM-WIL, and SIM-CEL – this all-electric vehicle is a rolling exercise in efficiency and performance that depends upon a motor in each wheel to accelerate and recapture braking energy, while keeping mechanical drivetrain losses to the utmost minimum. It's also a little easier on the eyes than its forebears, sacrificing some utili

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