Subaru R1e electric vehicle

January 20, 2009

Subaru R1e electric vehicle is the best one of elternative fuel car for use with renewable fuel. There are used for daily business operations by TheTokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated, Subaru’s joint development partner, for road-testing with an eye to a market debut down the road. FHI intends to commercialize the Subaru R1e as a short-distance commuter car based on the Subaru R1 mini-vehicle currently available in the Japanese market.

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The Subaru R1e is a battery-electric microcar undergoing development. Currently there have been 10 prototypes built and undergoing testing by a Japanese electric company. Plans call for 3000 of these vehicles to be built and used by the electric company starting in 2008. The vehicle has a range of 50 miles and a top speed of 62 mph.

The G4e is a follow-up to Subaru’s earlier R1e, which has been jointly developed with Tokyo Electric Power, the giant Japanese utility company. The prototype is a two-door, four seat vehicle based upon the Subaru R1 gasoline vehicle. This vehicle has received intense interest from electric vehicle fans owing to its modern battery technology, appropriate size, and potential performance attributes.

The car uses a lithium-ion battery which was developed in cooperation with NEC and can be recharged to 80% capacity in eight minutes using a special rapid charger, or to 100% charge in eight hours on a standard 100V plug. Battery life is at least 10 years or 144,000-plus miles. Tokyo Electric Power company plans on producing 150 fast-charge stations.

The car has a 62 mph top speed, weighs just 870 kg and produces 54 PS at 6,000 rpm from its electric motor, while the battery life is at least 10 years or 124,000-plus miles.

There are currently forty of the cars in service in Japan and Subaru hopes to bump that number to one hundred. When connected to a quick-charger station that’s also part of the pilot testing, an 80% charge can be achieved in just 15 minutes. When plugged into a standard household outlet, the car will fully recharge in 8 hours or so. Operating range, according to Subaru, is 50 miles and the car boasts a top speed of 65 miles per hour.

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