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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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Dave B,

Good find. It should get very interesting in the next 2 - 4 years, as we see which configurations will really pan out.
Trouble is, I can't find whether it will enter production. We seem to encounter this over and over again...concepts, great in theory, but I sure can't go to any legit dealer and pulunk my cash down on the counter and drive off the lot with my EV. Sucks.

2008 was supposed to be THE year of the BEV with Tesla and Phoenix. Now we're looking at 2009 with Miles and Mitsu. 2010 for GM and umteen other EVs...will any pan out?
I'm at the point that I DON'T CARE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE!
If it is:
1. Electric
2. Range of 40 miles or better
3. Can drive 55/60 mph
4. Backed by a major manufacturer with warranty.
It can look like the Edsel for all I care.

My specs require 100 miles and 80 mph. Otherwise, I agree entirely. We're getting closer, but it certainly isn't going to be produced by ZAP or sold by Mr. Papp.
Yep, on second thought you guys are right. The ability to go faster is really needed in reality, I am just getting desparate. Interesting that the GM EV1 had a 100+ mile range, and GM is working squeezing the Volt to get 40 mile range 12 years later.
There's plenty of market share out there for the company that can actually deliver. The MiEV is it, I'm convinced. $24K for that is a reasonable deal when compared to a Volt that is double. The question I have is about availability.

The EV1 had ONLY a 100 mile range, and that was ONLY in warm area climates. That car was not the great savior that many make it out to be....

The Volt will have a 40 mile AER range at the end of a 10 year life, but still be able to go as far as you want with the built in ICE/Generator. That is a big difference!!!!
This is still an unproven technology. Don't forget the maintenance on an BEV will probably be a lot less than an E-Rev. I know the range issue gets people, but one of these days, we're going to see the price of li-ions drop much like megabits in hard drives.
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