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First drive Subaru electric car

It is much smaller a regular Australian city only runs for 80 kilometres re-charges. Photo Gallery

A future car hit Melbourne today but seemed to notice.

The Subaru is one of the new breed of plug-in electric that will be commonplace in the major cities within a although it is currently an outright

It is much smaller than a Australian city car, runs for 80 kilometres between and would probably cost than $100,000 – of the money needed for its high-tech battery pack – if you actually buy one.

But the Stella is not for and is only in Australia as the Subaru at the Melbourne Motor Show opens on Friday.

Like the tiny Mitsubishi MiEV, the is being used as a development and to raise public awareness of the cars which will up the motoring slack as the world’s oil to run out.

We will build 100 from August. Subaru is its base as the world’s top electric car says the head of the plug-in program, Takashi Suzuki.

we can get the top position. It’s total that gives us the confidence.

has been partnered with NEC on technology for more than years and is also working on the charging technology that entice people to switch to cars. The Stella gets a charge top-up in 15 minutes, a standard fill from a socket takes four

It uses eight individual packs hidden under the and rear seats, which a 15kW-hour electric motor produces 150 Newton-metres of torque. is no gearbox and the sparky Stella 100km/h when its electric is turning at its maximum of 6000

The performance is the same as a two-litre engine, Suzuki says.

estimation of performance seems as I give the electric Stella a sprint around a go-kart in inner Melbourne. The original was for a proper road drive, but was before the Department of Transport and Safety in Canberra decided only Subaru people be allowed to drive the car on public

The Stella pulls away feels tight for a Japanese and I can feel the regenerative braking the batteries as the engine switches to a every time I lift off the

The air-con still works enough – one of many that run off a regular 12-volt battery – but the Japanese cannot decide how Melbourne into its memory mapping of

Then we set off into the city a Subaru man at the wheel and, the breakthrough technology and some signs down the sides, looks twice at the Stella.

It is still quiet, although cramped in the back seat, and easily with the traffic. It to stop well enough but is – as you expect in an electric car no noise to warn pedestrians and a horn would be a good

The 2009 Melbourne International Show.

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The more of these the better. A proportion of car trips in urban and many in rural areas, or 2 people, small loads and distances. Minicars would most families and many very well as a FIRST car the cost comes down large-scale production, with hiring and taxis for other

The big break-through, though, will be the national energy grid under single management and we solar energy wasted in our hot transmitting it to intensely settled by high voltage Direct line. 20 years.

John J of Glen Iris, VIC Posted on 05 2009 1:00am

Well Subaru

I wish you well in significant step. Knowledge and will overcome stubborn and stupidity. It took Gallileo while also.

Please to the KISS design principle, is no need to compete with a Cooper. This vehicle be a natural progression from push bike, electric to electric plug-in shopper and (SUV until the oil is too expensive).

The whimps who demand air con and other appointments should not overload the specification and make this unviable. They can invent own aftermarket ad-on packs if need them. Forget the sapping aircon and provide natural ventilation, although the heat from the motor may be in cooler climates.

No need to reinventing the wheel use standard where possible. The electrical is standardised extensively internationally so this enormous resource. The can be sourced and assembled in many

For instance why cannot vehicle control and condition monitoring and systems be standardised across all

Allan Jameson of Adelaide on 19 September 2009 6:07pm

In of an alternative to coal for electricity if more investment would be on tidal energy creation the loop would be completed for an future. We have to start with #8220;zero#8221; emmision I say add 5 c per litre of Fossil fueled plus 2c per year for the future, use the for R+D of a Hydro/Tidal electricity generation.

So water flows through the of our bays around Autralia every tide, lets an invisible sub surface power at these points to create Even I have drawn up different concepts, surely bright unemployed auto would be able to design wonderful to EXPORT or shall we yet let Japanese government come up the R+D infustructure to one day export the technology to

Josh Mathot of Monrnington on 12 July 2009 4:22pm

I on electric cars in the 1960#8217;s; IT MADE SENSE THEN OIL WAS CHEAP! Its a pity its taken so for electric cars to come of Its oil companies who take most of the billion annual profits)- have the power to dictate to on energy policy. In a few years we all be saying #8220;WHY DID#8217;NT WE DO BEFORE?#8221;

Arthur Davies on 05 July 2009 1:08pm

car technology is still in its infancy, to the governments of the past (and in a lot of the present.) Hopefully the technology develope quickly now that sitting on an environmental timebomb with the less imminent of world oil shortages.

Bryce and I#8217;m with you – the government#8217;s stance on electricity is frustrating. We in Australia are sitting on is potentially the worlds largest energy source – we immense amounts of unused and the climate to back it up, but the boys at the top insist on supporting outdated, technology.

Maxi Malet of Australia on 28 March 2009 2:19pm


*electric motors are 90% efficient petrol / diesel 25% efficient

are much less environmentally even using coal power

*the batteries are 99% to make new lithium batteries

show a minimum of 1000cycles to 80% dod so at least 80000kms

*the will retail around 30k

* if you buy a fuel cell car. you can#8217;t. what would it ?

*where is the nearest hydrogen station?

glen andersson on 16 March 2009 12:56pm

if the batteries in these electric are anything like the ones in our (ie. crap). Not only from generating the electricity, but means a huge environmental disposing of them! Not to mention the in making sure you discharge fully regularly or their life drops dramatically macbook batteries) thus waste even faster!

How of us discharge our mobile batteries to extend their life How long would it take to the huge batteries in these

Bring on the Hydrogen fuel cars?

Liming Posted on 03 2009 10:34am

Don#8217;t be fooled! It might not any emmissions from an exhaust at the back of the car but that is only the exhaust pipe has been to Yallourn. The emmissions from coal to make electricity to the car are just as bad as burning petrol.

is nothing against Subaru but a with the way Australia produces Until we have much power, there is no point in in electric technology here.

I be much more interested in the new Subaru diesel engine in a few of its

Bryce of Sunbury Posted on 02 2009 9:12pm

These arent practical. Electric provide environmental benefits but too small to be even relatively combine them with the of large 4wd#8217;s in the cities and on the and owning an electric car will be for the environment, but seemingly dangerous for the

M. Posted on 28 February 2009

The government needs to do more to electric car buyers. As a start should be able to park in the without paying parking and road tolls.

This give numbers a huge and be in line with other from across the globe.

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