Tokyo Motor Show: Subaru's G4e - lithium batteries, 120+ miles per charge, seats five

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.

[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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