March 20, 2008

No it's not a Smart car, rather a Subaru R1e electric alternative commuter

Off topic but of interest as the price at the pump rises almost daily. As the US gears up for a summer of what many other countries (Canada, UK and the entire EU) have endured for years - $4+ per gallon prices at the pump, there's some relief on the horizon for those who can wait... enter the Subaru R1e (look slike a Smart car doesn't it?)... some specs from Subaru:
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 quick-charge 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. (Source: SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.). Indeed I'd contemplate trading my Expedition in on one, prived I could get the 3 kids and 2 dogs in it!

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