Subaruís pioneering work with electric vehicles has attracted a top
award from Japanís Minister of the Environment for helping prevent
global warming. Parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries,
received the Ď2006 Commendation For Global Warming Prevention
Subaruís 2+2 city car is light,
efficient and ideal for metropolitan use with a battery which can be
recharged in 15 minutes.
The Subaru R1e has a 50 mile range
and can be initially charged for eight hours at home then
fast-charged at a supermarket, ECO station or local hospital.
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
Significantly, one of the
advantages of the Subaru R1e is its fuel efficiency. Daytime
charging costs are half that of a typical hybrid car and if cheaper
night-time electricity is used, recharging is a staggering one-fifth
less than for a hybrid.