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Subaru R1e

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Subaru appears to have been testing an electric vehicle since 2006 in Japan. I wonder why they are taking so long to bring bring it to the US. Test fleet won't be in NYC till 2009.
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This EV is based on the R-1 ICE “kei” (0.66 litre) car Subaru is now selling in Japan and is being road tested jointly by Subaru and Tokyo Electric Power. I saw one (with regular license plate) on the street in Tokyo last month. Even in its current form, setting the ugliness aside, it can be useful for commuting and local delivery purposes (newspaper, pizza, Chinese restaurant, milk…). NEC, the supplier of its battery pack, is the inventor of carbon nanotube, so it is very possible the Li-ion battery pack is utilizing it (Li-ion super cap?).
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