This is the Subaru R1e electric vehicle developing in conjunction with Toyko Electric Power Co and NEC Lamilion Energy.

At present, ten units of the Subaru R1e electric vehicle are used for daily business operations by The Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated (TEPCO), Subaru’s joint development partner, for road-testing with an eye to a market debut down the road. FHI intends to commercialize the Subaru R1e as a short-distance commuter car based on the Subaru R1 minivehicle currently available on the Japanese market.

A TEPCO-developed high-speed charger that will charge 80% in no more than 15 minutes will be also showcased.

FHI was commended in the technological development and commercialisation category for the jointly-developed Subaru R1e electric vehicle and its high-speed charger.

2007 Subaru R1e
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Subaru’s 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 miles.

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.

2007 Subaru R1e
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The following innovations were highlighted by Japan’s Minister of the Environment as helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions:

  •  High-density lithium-ion battery that can be quickly charged and discharged
  •  Installed in compact high-performance electric vehicle
  •  Convenient high-speed charger able to charge the battery to 80 per cent capacity in 15 minutes
  •  Elimination of large quantity of heavy and bulky batteries

The Tokyo Electric Power Company now plans to have 3,000 electric vehicles running in the Kanagawa prefecture within five years supported by 150 fast-charge stations.And as a consumer incentive. there will also be a 90 per cent reduction in car tax and purchase tax plus discounted parking and highway fees.

Meanwhile, Subaru aims to spread its ground-breaking technology by licensing to other manufacturers.

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