2007 Subaru G4e ConceptEnlarge Photo
by Ken Zino
The Kermit-the-frog green color is a good hint of what’s to come when Subaru unveils its G4e concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.
That’s e, as in EV, and this concept, a bit smaller but visually similar to the popular Impreza, is a sign that Subaru is taking seriously the increasing interest in environmentally-friendly motoring.
The G4e concept is an environmentally-friendly five-seater electric car, fitted with the next-generation lithium-ion batteries stored underneath the floor. Subaru says those batteries will let the G4e run about 200 kilometers (125 miles for the metrically challenged) between charges. The batteries can be fully charged in around eight hours, but Subaru says an 80-percent charge could be attained in as little as 15 minutes.
“The traditional perception of electric vehicles being heavy and cramped is reversed,” explains a Subaru release, by mounting the battery pack below the wedge-shaped five-door’s floors, which translates into a surprisingly roomy little package.
No word on when a production version might make it to market, but lithium-ion technology isn’t likely to be ready for prime time, according to most observers, until early in the next decade at the earliest.
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