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Subaru/Toyota Bringing Stella Electric Four-Seater.

Subaru is starting to offer–as a lease–their newly developed Stella electric car, issuing a fleet as early as next year in attempt to beat out rivals Nissan and Mitsubishi in the plugin-electric market.

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While Honda is staying out of the electric game, Toyota and Subaru are pushing forward with their plans to offer battery-powered cars by 2010. Subaru says that it will start leasing a fleet of four-seat electric-cars as early as next year.

Both Toyota and Subaru will be ramping up their zero-emissions EV plans as rivals Nissan and Mitsubishi both plan on introducing their own electric-cars in 2010. Nissan is planning a fleet sale of an electric-car which it has not named yet and Mitsubishi will start selling its iMiEV in Japan followed by Europe and the U.S.

Toyota’s president Katsuaki Watanabe admits that with the limited performance of today’s lithium-ion batteries the range of electric cars will also be limited.

Masatami Takimoto, Toyota’s r&d chief said: “in the early stage of the 2010s, we would like to offer a compact, very small electric vehicle on a small-scale basis.”

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Subaru’s four-seater electric-vehicle will be based on the Stella, currently a car sold in Japan with a 660cc engine. The plug-in Stella Concept runs on lithium-ion batteries allowing for a 50 mile range on a single charge which takes about eight hours.
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50 miles? My friends mom was telling me about an electric car (i think the volt by chevy) that has a gas motor that it uses to charge itself when it runs low. The car itself is 100% electric though. She said it had a range of like 300 miles. 50 miles is just unpractical. I wonder how much theyll cost.
 

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Re: Subaru/Toyota Bringing Stella Electric Four-Seater.

50 miles? My friends mom was telling me about an electric car (i think the volt by chevy) that has a gas motor that it uses to charge itself when it runs low. The car itself is 100% electric though. She said it had a range of like 300 miles. 50 miles is just unpractical. I wonder how much theyll cost.
It isn't all that unpractical inner city--however the 8 hour charge time is! The thing with the volt is your still burning fossil fuel to charge the battery...the Subaru one is a plugin...no gasoline motor...only electric.

You also have to remember they are trying to make this priced to sell...you can increase range by increasing battery banks...however this greatly increases price. Look at the Tesla roadster...has a range of 200+ miles, however it's also $100,000 last I read.
 

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Re: Subaru/Toyota Bringing Stella Electric Four-Seater.

They are selling some crazy hybrids out here in Irvine for 100k :eek:
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as of now it's 50 miles and mostly unpractical but think about small outdoor plants or markets, internal deliveris on mega plants and so on, as compagnies buy them it will get cheaper and the developement teams will have an increased budget if it sells well and so on it's only the begining ;D

Cessna is also planning on having an electric version of the new 162 when it's released in a few years
 

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Realize this is old, but I'm keen on the Volt stuff. The Volt is a plug-in hybrid vehicle. You plug it in, charge the batteries and you are good-to-go for about 40-45 miles. At the point the battery hits 30% charge, the ICE (internal combustion engine) kicks on. It drives a generator (or a giant alternator, however you want to look at it) that recharges the batteries. It can hold enough fuel to run the ICE to keep the batteries charged and the car running for about 350 miles. The ICE is NOT directly connected to the drivetrain in any way shape or form (stereotypical series hybrid)

The Volt is actually the perfect stepping stone to a plug-in vehicle. For those who only make 40 mile trips, you will RARELY hear your ICE kick on, and you have a (for all intensive purposes) purely electric vehicle. However, if you ever run your batteries low, you have that 1.4L ICE to charge them back up for another 300 miles.

I'm doing some design work on powertrain architecture for an EcoCar competition, the Volt is a step in the right direction for the mass market. I'm not an advocate for the bailout of the 'Big3', but with more products like this, I sincerely hope at least GM makes it.
 
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