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SIM-Drive Partners with PSA, Bosch on Second Eliica Prototype

The new prototype will be based on SIM-Drive technology for in-wheel motors

Published: 27-Jan-2011

TOKYO -- SIM-Drive Corp., Keio University's electric vehicle start-up, said Wednesday that 34 companies will newly come on board to develop a second prototype EV.

Among the firms are top French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen Group and German autoparts giant Bosch Corp., as well as Toray Industries Inc. (3402), Kuraray Co. (3405) and Toppan Printing Co. (7911).

The new prototype will be based on SIM-Drive technology for in-wheel motors. It is slated for completion in a year, with mass production kicking off in 2014.

SIM-Drive was established in August 2009. The start-up collaborated with a total of 34 companies and local governments in January 2010, including Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (7211) and Isuzu Motors Ltd. (7202), to begin developing its first prototype EV.

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