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Here's a concept vehicle that I know would sell well. Four doors, seats five, all-electric, and can go 200 clicks (124 miles) on a charge. Salivating yet? Someone call Subaru and tell them we want the G4e now.

Of course, just how much we'd have to pay for one of these EVs is unknown. Those lithium-ion batteries, stored under the floor, certainly don't come cheap. Still, Subaru will show off the G4e at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, just to tease us. The marque's theme for the show is "Fantastic moments," so this might be more fantasy than we'd like. Relevant portions of the press release (PDF) are pasted after the jump. We can expect more information on October 24, when Subaru's Ikuo Mori talks to the press.

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[Source: Subaru via Green Car Congress]
Exhibition Outline of the 40th Tokyo Motor Show 2007

Tokyo, October 9, 2007 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced the major features of its vehicles and technologies, which will be exhibited at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show 2007. Taking "Fantastic moments" as its theme, FHI will showcase Subaru's efforts to integrate the Pleasure of Driving and Environmental Responsibility.

FHI will present a World Debut to its performance flagship, the Impreza WRX STI and also present the Touring 7-seater "EXIGA Concept", which combines a liberating roomy interior space with exhilarating driving performance, and the future electric vehicle "G4e Concept" fitted with next-generation lithium-ion batteries. In addition, FHI will unveil the Impreza BEAMS Edition developed in collaboration with BEAMS, famous fashion retailer. Besides showcasing these models, the company will call attention to its unique environmental solutions and advanced safety technologies.

A press briefing is scheduled to be given by President Ikuo Mori on Wednesday, October 24, 2007, at 11:50, at the Subaru booth. [...]

G4e Concept (Concept car) The G4e Concept is a futuristic environment-friendly concept electric vehicle (EV).
  • The traditional perception of electric vehicles' being "heavy" and "cramped" is reversed by realizing packaging which accommodates five passengers, with batteries stored underneath the floor.
  • An image of heading toward the future is expressed by the triangle-shaped body.
  • Thanks to the adoption of high-performance next-generation lithium-ion batteries and lightened body weight, FHI expects this EV to be able to travel 200 kilometers per charge.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Subaru won't sell this at a loss, if they can't sell it for more than the production cost, it won't get produced. However, there may be a market for it even at a relatively high price, though obviously the lower the price, the bigger the market.

      I suspect they may start with small production runs, sold mainly in Japan, then expand to other markets if it does well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      BlackbirdHighway- I wonder what percentage of the population can afford a Tesla? Must be nice...

      Anyway, If this can cruise at 70-mph it would make a nice commuting car. It’s hard to get anywhere around here without using the highway system and if you don’t go 70 someone will run into you!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Finally an EV concept that looks somewhat conventional"
      Er, WDYM ? Whats wrong with Subaru's current R1E ? Or Mitsubishis MiEV ? Or Nissan Mixim ?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can foresee a "range war" between the manufacturers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Next week 10.27.07, there is a mobile lithium-ion international conference to be held at the Hilton Resort San Diego, CA..more info about this conference online which tells us the technology is here...just installation?? through lithium-ion battery technology...lighter, quicker rechargable,
      longer shelf life, longer distances between recharge....better engineering....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can't wait that long, I'm getting a Tesla!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yet another EV concept - that has little hope of appearing in the US anytime soon.

      But the pressure to successfully market a modern EV is growing. I just hope the first broad-market EV (a real 4-door, 4 to 5 passenger sedan) sold by a major OEM is popular enough to foster competition between makers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Finally an EV concept that looks somewhat conventional (except for the interior which is the usual space-age stuff that would never make it to production).

      They really should build this. Subaru would be great for EVs because they could use 4 hub motors for AWD.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thankfully there are people who will spend $30+ Grand on this car. Hopefully it costs less, but I don't know how much Subaru can amortize. Amortize...is that the right word? I mean absorb the cost and sell at a loss.

      Anyways, Most of America think with their wallets and wont' buy it, but some will...just like the Prius.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So what's the magic number for lithium batteries in EV applications?

      $300/kWh?

      $200/kWh?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm tired of waiting, these cars should be out now.