Skip to comments.[Toyako Summit] Fuji Heavy Shows off Spacious Electric Vehicle
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.
“Still, the cruising distance of the Plug-in Stella Concept is 80km,”
About 50 miles...good for city use.
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?..............
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.
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.
I will not drive a vehicle that would come in last, in a collision with a bicycle.
Why, people would be stuck watching each other instead of American Idol!..............
I would not buy anything named “Plug in Stella”. Sounds like a toy for pervs.
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?
Well OK there, Wobbly Bob
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. . .
Wobbly Bob sounds like a toy for pervs.
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?
I can almost assure you it will happen to a sizeable extent.
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.
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.
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?
I would like to know what my electric bill would look like.
Anybody know how many KWs these things use per charge?
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.