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That CEL is one funky looking ride. Looking like the contraption in which Woody Allen sped around in Sleepers, the electric prototype made by the Japanese company Sim-Drive is big on performance, not looks. The non-sluggish car rates a drag coefficient of 0.199, which helps its 65 kilowatt electric motor get it from a standstill to 62 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds. Weighing a mere 3,483 pounds due to its healthy use of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic panels, the CEL has a single-charge range of 201 miles.

At this point, the CEL is just a prototype and there is no sign that it will make it out of this puppy-love stage. However, regardless of what happens from this point on, the CEL clearly shows that electric technology has come a long way.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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