Subaru Unleashes R1e Electric Car on New York

 

Subaru R1e

ABG recently reported on the fact that the new Subaru R1e has recently been spotted tooling around the streets in New York City as part of an official trial in the US, which is an extension of the 40 (soon to be 100) car trial currently taking placing in Japan.

In light of this new development, I thought it would be prudent to show off some of the most exciting features of theR1e, beginning with the fact that it is an all electric version of a production car made by major manufacturers to be affordable and useful to average citizens (though these needs might be a bit different depending on the market).

It’s exciting enough in and of itself to see a major initiative from a major manufacturer (yeah yeah, the Volt, sure), but this car is pretty sweet on its own.

More after the break!





The test is taking place in Kanagawa Prefecture, where Subaru plans to set up 150 of its “fast charge stations” to complement predicted sales of 5k+ EVs in the next five years. These fast charge stations are different from normal outlets and can deliver an 80% charge to the R1e in just 15 minutes! At home the 40 kW lithium-ion pack requires 8 hours for a full charge.

The R1e’s lithium pack is good for 50 miles at up to 65 MPH, with its most impressive feature being a 10 year or 124,000 mile lifetime expectancy. This issue has troubled hybrids and EVs in the past, so this kind of durability guarantee is certainly exciting to see in a production vehicle.

For those of you who don’t know, the Subaru R1 is a small car that is well known in Japan and perhaps perfectly suited for EV conversion. It might be a little smaller than the norm in the US market, but we’re seeing more and more talk about importing these kei-class cars to the US so by the time it happens it might not be as revolutionary as it seems.

I’ll be looking forward to more news, for sure.

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Source: ABG





About the Author

Benjamin Jones is a student of Dartmouth College and co-founder of EcoModder.com and writer at CollegeVegan.com. He is double majoring in Japanese and Linguistics, and is most interested in Sociolinguistics and Anthropology in Japan.

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  • thomas C Gray

    If you can only recharge for an extra 40 miles in

    15 minutes, then these cars are incapable of making trips. I’ll also believe the battery warranty when I see it and I’ll bet it’s pro rated – nobody’s li ion batteries are known to last 10 years, inclusing this one. So that guarantee doesn’t mean very much.

  • thomas C Gray

    If you can only recharge for an extra 40 miles in

    15 minutes, then these cars are incapable of making trips. I’ll also believe the battery warranty when I see it and I’ll bet it’s pro rated – nobody’s li ion batteries are known to last 10 years, inclusing this one. So that guarantee doesn’t mean very much.

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  • don steinke

    If you want to go more than 50 miles, take your other car.

  • don steinke

    If you want to go more than 50 miles, take your other car.

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  • SF Guy

    Smart Cars are selling so fast in SF they have over a year wait for them.

    Even if I owned a Smart car my wife and I would have a larger car for visiting family – camping etc.

    40 miles with freeway use would work for my commute add solar pannels to our house and offset the charge cost at home. Not a bad deal.

    Battery pack technology is getting pretty advanced so the 10yr life span might be possible.

    One thing is for sure the next car I buy will not be gas powered diesel maybe but not gas or even premium gas.

    Our large car will get 30+mpg and my commuter will get 45+mpg or better.

  • SF Guy

    Smart Cars are selling so fast in SF they have over a year wait for them.

    Even if I owned a Smart car my wife and I would have a larger car for visiting family – camping etc.

    40 miles with freeway use would work for my commute add solar pannels to our house and offset the charge cost at home. Not a bad deal.

    Battery pack technology is getting pretty advanced so the 10yr life span might be possible.

    One thing is for sure the next car I buy will not be gas powered diesel maybe but not gas or even premium gas.

    Our large car will get 30+mpg and my commuter will get 45+mpg or better.

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  • lisa bass

    bring it on Subaru we need this now.

  • lisa bass

    bring it on Subaru we need this now.

  • Shugart

    be nice if a electric car could be designed that looked normal and had an acceptable price point …every current model I’ve seen look like enclosed golf carts and at the listed prices is not not going to sell to the masses…it doesnt really matter how many miles you get out of the charge, most people work well within the current range and would have at least one other car for longer trips

  • Shugart

    be nice if a electric car could be designed that looked normal and had an acceptable price point …every current model I’ve seen look like enclosed golf carts and at the listed prices is not not going to sell to the masses…it doesnt really matter how many miles you get out of the charge, most people work well within the current range and would have at least one other car for longer trips

  • Harry Freeman

    We Americans want one vehicle that meets all of our needs. I however have acknowledged that there may not be one that fits all needs. Mostly, I need to have a vehicle that provides me with a safe, reliable, fuel efficient transportation that transports me to and from work. When I need another vehicle for something that my commuter vehicle can’t handle, I use another vehicle (that I may own), borrow one from a friend, or rent one. I don’t need to own a boat to enjoy a weekend of skiing or fishing to enjoy that activity. We are Americans! Do the math and figure out how we can enjoy the advantages of who we are instead of complaining. This is reality.

    Harry

  • Harry Freeman

    We Americans want one vehicle that meets all of our needs. I however have acknowledged that there may not be one that fits all needs. Mostly, I need to have a vehicle that provides me with a safe, reliable, fuel efficient transportation that transports me to and from work. When I need another vehicle for something that my commuter vehicle can’t handle, I use another vehicle (that I may own), borrow one from a friend, or rent one. I don’t need to own a boat to enjoy a weekend of skiing or fishing to enjoy that activity. We are Americans! Do the math and figure out how we can enjoy the advantages of who we are instead of complaining. This is reality.

    Harry

  • bill

    how much? is a solar charger available or possible?

  • bill

    how much? is a solar charger available or possible?

  • Spike D Punch

    Electric cars would help reduce air pollution in Phoenix, but the need for air conditioning 5 months of the year probably means hybrids are the best we can do here. Some people can get by without air conditioning, but most of us can’t–think traffic jam on a 115-degree afternoon in Monsoon season humidity. It might work well as a second car for commuting during our cool season Oct. through April. Put it on the market and see how people decide to use it.

  • Spike D Punch

    Electric cars would help reduce air pollution in Phoenix, but the need for air conditioning 5 months of the year probably means hybrids are the best we can do here. Some people can get by without air conditioning, but most of us can’t–think traffic jam on a 115-degree afternoon in Monsoon season humidity. It might work well as a second car for commuting during our cool season Oct. through April. Put it on the market and see how people decide to use it.

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