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Old 12-17-2009, 02:24 AM   #1
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Default Subaru to begin EV launch in Europe, 2013-ish

Non-JDM EVs to be based on subcompact platform.

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TOKYO (MarketWatch) -- Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the manufacturer of Subaru brand vehicles, will begin selling electric cars overseas as soon as 2013, according to a report Thursday

Ikuo Mori, president of Fuji Heavy (JP:7270 405.00, +5.00, +1.25%) (FUJHF 4.46, +0.06, +1.42%) , told the Japanese business daily Nikkei that the automaker will start with sales to Europe, and plans to gradually expand to North America and elsewhere, depending on demand.

Fuji Heavy sells electric cars based on its Stella minivehicle to businesses in Japan. For overseas markets, it will develop a version modeled on subcompacts, the report said.

By working closely with top shareholder Toyota Motor Corp. (JP:7203 3,760, +60.00, +1.62%) (TM 85.12, +0.99, +1.18%) , Fuji Heavy plans to accelerate its shift to environmentally friendly cars, the report said.

To lower costs, "it's necessary to go global and enjoy the benefits of volume production," Mori was quoted as saying.

The carmaker already plans to launch hybrid vehicles in 2012.

It is also considering making plug-in hybrids that can be recharged using standard electrical outlets. Batteries would be purchased from outside the company, but according to Mori, Fuji Heavy could develop and make in-house drive motors, a core component for both electric and hybrid cars.
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So we're probably looking at 2015 or beyond for North America. Not good enough. Gaah... Subaru seemed so close to being a pioneering brand in EVs just 2 years ago.

On the plus side, they're using a subcompact body, which means in one form or another there'll be a subcompact back in the lineup. C'mon G4e.

Final paragraph is loaded w/good tidbits... plug-in hybrids, recharging from standard outlets, batteries sourced, but electric motors for plug-in hybrids and EVs could be developed & built by FHI.
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