Today, the Japanese carmaker Subaru has announced that it is ready to hit the markets with its own environment-friendly Stella electric vehicle, beating both GM and Toyota in launching the first all-electric car.
The car is energized by a series of high-tech lithium-ion batteries and will begin sales in Japan beginning the latter part of July with a limited number of 170 cars to be launched for the initial sales year.
The all-electric model, which has a maximum range of 55 miles and a top speed of 62mph, is patterned after the Stella minicar. The company claims that the batteries of the car can be charged up to 80% of capacity in just 15 minutes with its quick charging system.
When using a 100V power outlet, a full charge would take about 8 hours, while that will be lowered to 5 hours when a 200V outlet is utilized. The electric motor, which is mounted under the hood, can produce 60hp (47kW) and top torque of 125lb-ft (170Nm) is attained at initial launch.
The car comes with a regeneration system that recovers inertia energy during deceleration. This feature improves energy efficiency and extends its effective driving range.
The EV comes with a 4,725,000 Yen ($49,300) sticker price but the government of Japan will be providing about 1,380,000 ($14,300) in subsidies through its Next Generation Vehicle Promotion Center program as well as some tax cuts through some special programs of the Japanese government.