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[Toyako Summit] Fuji Heavy Shows off Spacious Electric Vehicle
techon.nikkeibp.co.jp ^ | 08 July 2008 | Susumu Tajima, Senior Editorial Staff

Posted on 07/08/2008 10:40:17 AM PDT by Red Badger

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd exhibited "Plug-in Stella Concept," a new electric vehicle, at the G8 Hokkaido-Toyako Summit.

Fuji Heavy Industries brought five of the vehicles to the site of the summit and showcased them to government officials and journalists from all over the world. The company plans to commercialize an electric car in 2009.

The Plug-in Stella Concept is based on "Stella," the company's practical wagon-type kei car. The main characteristic of the vehicle is that it has a secondary battery in the lower part of the vehicle, securing as much interior space as the Stella.

The secondary battery used in the Plug-in Stella Concept is the same as used in "R1e," the company's existing electric vehicle. Both of the vehicles are mounted with 9.2kWh of the battery.

The weight of the Plug-in Stella Concept is 1,060kg, 140kg lighter than that of the R1e (920kg). Still, the cruising distance of the Plug-in Stella Concept is 80km, equivalent to that of the R1e. Fuji Heavy Industries realized those performances by improving the inverter control for a motor and the management of the battery, the company said.

The cells of the batteries mounted in the two cars are same. But the battery module of the Plug-in Stella Concept is smaller than that of the R1e, making it possible to put the module under the floor. Because users can fully use the car interior and trunk, they can drive the car as a normal car rather than as an electric car.

In fact, the new electric cars are used for mail delivery by post offices located around the site of the summit on a trial basis. And they apparently have been well received so far.

"The vehicle has good acceleration, and I feel perfectly comfortable driving it uphill," one of the postal carriers said.

Because the energy-regenerating system efficiently works when the car is going downhill, the battery lasts relatively long, Fuji Heavy Industries said.

The Li-ion secondary battery used in the vehicle is the company's proprietary battery, which can be rapidly charged. The battery was originally supplied by NEC Lamilion Energy Ltd.

NEC Lamilion Energy was merged with Automotive Energy Supply Corp (AESC), which was established as a joint venture of NEC Corp, Nissan Motor Co Ltd and NEC Tokin Corp in April 2007, and stopped its development operations in March 2008. The Li-ion secondary battery, this time, was manufactured by AESC with the technologies transferred from NEC Lamilion Energy.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Japan
KEYWORDS: auto; automakers; battery; electric; energy; g8summit; hokkaido; transportation

1 posted on 07/08/2008 10:43:01 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

“Still, the cruising distance of the Plug-in Stella Concept is 80km,”

About 50 miles...good for city use.


2 posted on 07/08/2008 10:46:06 AM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: Slapshot68

My “commute” to work is only 5-6 miles one way, plus I go home for lunch everyday. This would be perfect for me..........but at what CO$T?..............


3 posted on 07/08/2008 10:48:04 AM PDT by Red Badger (If we drill deep enough, we can reach the Saudi oil fields from THIS side..........)
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To: Red Badger

With the electric grid already at or near capacity in many areas, without a massive expansion of generating capacity, a wide spread acceptance and purchase of electric vehicles will be a disaster.


4 posted on 07/08/2008 10:49:52 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: Phantom Lord

Disaster? More infrastructure plus more jobs!...............


5 posted on 07/08/2008 10:57:21 AM PDT by Red Badger (If we drill deep enough, we can reach the Saudi oil fields from THIS side..........)
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To: Red Badger
Disaster? More infrastructure plus more jobs!...............

Reread what I posted.

WITHOUT the expansion of said infrastructure it would be a disaster.

Imagine the strain, especially in California, that several million electric cars would put on the grid.

6 posted on 07/08/2008 11:00:01 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: Red Badger

I will not drive a vehicle that would come in last, in a collision with a bicycle.


7 posted on 07/08/2008 11:02:53 AM PDT by G Larry (Fight B.O. with RIGHT GUARD! Vote McCain!)
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To: Phantom Lord
Imagine the strain, especially in California, that several million electric cars would put on the grid.

Why, people would be stuck watching each other instead of American Idol!..............

8 posted on 07/08/2008 11:03:40 AM PDT by Red Badger (If we drill deep enough, we can reach the Saudi oil fields from THIS side..........)
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To: G Larry

I would not buy anything named “Plug in Stella”. Sounds like a toy for pervs.


9 posted on 07/08/2008 11:15:47 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (Conservatives are to McCain what Charlie Brown is to Lucy.)
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To: Red Badger

If the battery durability is worth a damn, I just might buy one. Anyone know what the expected life-cycle is for the power pack?


10 posted on 07/08/2008 11:17:55 AM PDT by CowboyJay (There's always 2012...)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
I would not buy anything named “Plug in Stella”. Sounds like a toy for pervs.

Well OK there, Wobbly Bob

11 posted on 07/08/2008 11:18:57 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa (cc: Steely Dan)
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To: Phantom Lord
With the electric grid already at or near capacity in many areas, without a massive expansion of generating capacity, a wide spread acceptance and purchase of electric vehicles will be a disaster

Power usage peaks during daylight hours. Most electric vehicles would be used for commuting and thus would be charged off the grid at night.

Would this not mitigate some of the expansion required?
12 posted on 07/08/2008 11:23:55 AM PDT by chrisser (The Two Americas: Those that want to be coddled, Those that want to be left the hell alone.)
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To: Phantom Lord

Sounds like yet another argument for massive deployment of nuclear power: Advanced, safe Pebble Bed Reactor designs that DON’T require massive containment structures, and are easy to expand as necessary. . .


13 posted on 07/08/2008 11:24:23 AM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Wobbly Bob sounds like a toy for pervs.


14 posted on 07/08/2008 11:30:17 AM PDT by autumnraine
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To: Red Badger

How will we generate enough electricity to fuel these electric vehicles when coal burning plants emit CO2 and nuclear plants are off limits? How many windmills will we have to build to even supply a fraction of our current electricity needs?


15 posted on 07/08/2008 11:30:42 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: chrisser
Possibly. But, in the race to be the "Green employer" and "Best place to work", employers will start to install "charging stations" for their employees, and maybe even charge a small fee. But this will cause the cars to be plugged in all day!

I can almost assure you it will happen to a sizeable extent.

16 posted on 07/08/2008 11:31:11 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: Red Badger

If I can’t fit all my kids in it, without making someone sit in the trunk, it ain’t spacious....


17 posted on 07/08/2008 11:31:11 AM PDT by Eepsy (12-30-2008 +1)
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To: Eepsy
"If I can’t fit all my kids in it, without making someone sit in the trunk, it ain’t spacious...."

They misspelled "specious" in the title.

18 posted on 07/08/2008 11:33:38 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: The Great RJ
How many windmills will we have to build to even supply a fraction of our current electricity needs?

http://www.eere.energy.gov/windandhydro/windpoweringamerica/wind_maps.asp

19 posted on 07/08/2008 11:43:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (If we drill deep enough, we can reach the Saudi oil fields from THIS side..........)
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To: Phantom Lord
It would be really bad in areas inhabited by people too stupid to plug the cars in at night.
20 posted on 07/08/2008 11:59:01 AM PDT by steve-b (The "intelligent design" hoax is not merely anti-science; it is anti-civilization. --John Derbyshire)
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To: Phantom Lord
With the electric grid already at or near capacity in many areas, without a massive expansion of generating capacity, a wide spread acceptance and purchase of electric vehicles will be a disaster.

The best thing would be cheap low-demand rates. Make them really cheap so that few people would willingly recharge their electric cars during a high-demand period.

21 posted on 07/08/2008 12:00:14 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Red Badger

50 miles ain’t gonna cut it in Texas. We got a lot of long roads down here.

Did it mention how long to charge?


22 posted on 07/08/2008 1:20:54 PM PDT by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: Phantom Lord; Red Badger; All

I would like to know what my electric bill would look like.

Anybody know how many KWs these things use per charge?


23 posted on 07/08/2008 1:23:34 PM PDT by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: Red Badger

80km is not much of a range, considering that plug in hybrids will be able to have a normal range using the gasoline engine. I would think the market for an exclusinve electric vehicle is pretty limited.


24 posted on 07/08/2008 7:16:28 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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