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Old 12-25-2007, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)

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Article: Electric Subaru Due in 2009, One Year Early

From GCC:

Subaru R1e electric -see more images @ Google images

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, (FHI) will start selling electric Subarus in Japan in 2009—a year earlier than initially planned, according to President Ikuo Mori.

FHI currently has 40 units of its electric R1e in operation in Japan in customer trials. The company is targeting first-year sales of its electric car at 100 units.

The price and specifics of the vehicle are not yet disclosed, but FHI said it plans to have its electric cars down to around ¥2 million (US$17,500) apiece by 2012 or 2013. Mori said that by the mid-2010s, mass production will significantly decrease the cost of batteries, enabling electric cars to come down to below ¥1.5 million (US$13,100).

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A side note: I wonder if they will in fact sell these vehicles (as the item states), rather than lease them. Call me paranoid, but after the GM EV1 disaster in the US, I pay more attention to that detail.

In addition to the R1e A class "city" car, Subaru also showed a prototype 4-door, 5 passenger battery electric vehicle at the '07 Tokyo auto show:

Project MPGiata! Mods for getting 50+ MPG from a 1990 Miata
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: 70 MPG in my ecomodded, dirt cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage.
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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