Subaru evaluates electric car
Subaru announced that it would begin evaluating its
R1e electric vehicle (EV) in the United States this summer.
Based on the Subaru R1 minicar sold in Japan, the R1e was developed by
Subaru in partnership with the Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc.
The utility has been testing R1e electric cars since 2006. As part of
a U.S. test program, two Subaru R1e electric cars will join the New York
Power Authority fleet.
“This partnership with the New York Power Authority is further demonstration
of Subaru's ongoing efforts in applying electric car technology in real
world situations. Along with our newly introduced diesel powered cars,
electric cars are a viable response to our need to improve fuel consumption
and carbon output,” said Tim Mahoney, senior vice president and chief
marketing officer for Subaru of America, Inc. “The R1e electrical vehicles
are designed for city dwellers looking for an environmentally friendly
and fun-to-drive alternative to gas powered cars.”
The Subaru R1e employs state-of-the-art, fast-charge lithium ion battery
technology that eliminates typical lithium ion battery issues of charge
memory loss, allowing partial charges and quick charges that do not decrease
battery life. The two-seat Subaru R1e is capable of driving at speeds
up to 65 mph with a range of up to 50 miles, making it an ideal urban
The Subaru R1e can be “quick-charged” to 80 percent capacity in only
15 minutes. The vehicle can be fully charged overnight (eight hours)
while connected to a standard household electrical outlet. The R1e uses
an AC permanent magnet synchronized motor producing 40 kW.
Service life for the high-density lithium-ion battery is estimated at
10 years and 100,000 miles, another environmental benefit of Subaru technology.
The battery pack is also designed to be easily recycled. The laminated
battery packs are flat, rather than cylindrical, offering EV manufacturers
wide latitude in vehicle design and packaging. The battery's basic design
and composition consists of laminate, manganese and lithium ion.