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|Author:||Admin [ Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:23 pm ]|
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Here's the press release for the 2 electric cars being tested in New York.
NEW YORK, March 20, 2008 – Subaru today announced that it would begin evaluating its R1e
electric vehicle (EV) in the United States this summer. The Subaru R1e will be on display at the
New York International Auto Show, from March 21-30 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Based on the Subaru R1 minicar sold in Japan, the R1e was developed by Subaru in
partnership with the Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. (TEPCO). The utility has been testing
a fleet of R1e electric cars since 2006. As part of a U.S. test program, two of the Subaru R1e
electric cars will join the New York Power Authority (NYPA) fleet.
“This new 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.
“This joint venture with Subaru builds on the New York Power Authority’s extensive involvement
with clean transportation and gives us the opportunity to offer the latest in electric drive
technologies to our customers,” Roger B. Kelley, president and chief executive officer, New
York Power Authority.
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 commuter. The
Subaru R1e can be “quick-charged” to 80 percent capacity in only 15 minutes using quickcharge
technology. 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.
“Subaru’s goal is to become the leading brand in the electric vehicle market,” said Ikuo Mori,
president, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. “The R1e is an example of today’s cutting edge battery
technology, while the Subaru G4e Concept Car shows a glimpse into the future of electric cars.”
There are currently 40 Subaru R1e vehicles in use and Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries will
place an additional 100 electric vehicles for test marketing in Japan in 2009. Subaru is focusing
on the development of new battery technology for future power train applications. Compared
with nickel metal hydride or nickel-hydrogen battery technology, lithium-ion battery technology
offers a number of advantages, among them easier packaging, higher power density and better
cooling for longer life.
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 consist of laminate, manganese, and lithium ion.
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan.
Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical
All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across
the United States. Subaru makes the best-selling All-Wheel Drive car sold in America based on
R.L. Polk & Co. new vehicle retail registration statistics calendar year-end 2005. For additional
information visit http://www.subaru.com.
About New York Power Authority
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18
generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of
transmission. The combined mileage of all electric vehicles and hybrids that NYPA has ever
placed in service for its own operations and in the fleets of its customers now exceeds 8.6
million miles. These vehicles range from electric delivery trucks and airport ground support
equipment to hybrid cars and buses serving a wide range of transportation needs and helping to
advance New York's clean air initiatives.
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