2008 Subaru R1e Concept
Yes, Subaru has been making strides since 2005 to come out with a marketable EV. One of the better-known models is the R1e, which is based on the R1 minicar sold abroad. An interesting side note: the R1 was compared in marketing collateral to the Subaru 360, which happens to be the first production Subaru. The R1e is the experimental version that uses fast-charge lithium ion batteries and has the ability to “quick-charge” to 80 percent capacity in about 15 minutes using quick-charge technology. It is actually an impressive little machine with a top speed limited to 65 mph and an estimated range of 50 miles. Over the last couple of years the R1e has been tested in programs around the world including: Japan, London and NYC. In fact, be sure to check out the video at the end of this article for a glimpse into how the New York Power Authority is helping Subaru test these vehicles.
2007 Subaru G4e Concept
So what is the catch? Like a lot of promising EV technology, there isn’t a lot of information on when, where or how these EVs will come to market. What we do know is that the EV market is just getting on a roll and if Subaru’s participation is any indication, then we can look forward to some exciting automotive developments in the coming years.
Be sure to check out the video I mentioned below:
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[Source: Edmunds, GreenCarVideos.net, AutoTrader.ca]