Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, (FHI) will start selling electric Subarus in Japan in 2009—a year earlier than initially planned, according to President Ikuo Mori.
FHI currently has 40 units of its electric R1e in operation in Japan in customer trials. The company is targeting first-year sales of its electric car at 100 units.
The price and specifics of the vehicle are not yet disclosed, but FHI said it plans to have its electric cars down to around ¥2 million (US$17,500) apiece by 2012 or 2013. Mori said that by the mid-2010s, mass production will significantly decrease the cost of batteries, enabling electric cars to come down to below ¥1.5 million (US$13,100).
In September, FHI announced that it had developed new rapid recharge technologies that can recharge the R1e electric car to 80% capacity in approximately 8 minutes—twice as fast as before. (Earlier post.)
In October, FHI introduced a new electric concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show—the 5-passenger G4e. Powered by a lithium-ion battery, the car is targeted to have a single-charge range of 200 km (124 miles). (Earlier post.)