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Old 12-27-2008, 12:28 AM   #1
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Default Toyota and Fuji Heavy to partner on EVs

Via Green Car Congress

Fuji Heavy and Toyota to Partner on EVs
26 December 2008

Nikkei. Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subarus, will partner with Toyota Motor Corp. to develop electric vehicles, Fuji Heavy President Ikuo Mori told The Nikkei on Friday.

Although details are yet to be finalized, their joint efforts will likely cover systems for regulating the power flow of batteries, as well as motor-drive components and other major parts.

Fuji Heavy, which manufactures Subaru brand vehicles, plans to start selling electric vehicles next year at a pace of slightly more than 100 units annually. By the middle of the next decade, the company hopes to offer mass-market models. Toyota aims to begin mass-producing such vehicles in the early 2010s.

Fuji Heavy currently uses a Li-ion pack from Nissan-NEC joint venture AESC (Automotive Energy Supply Corporation), but will consider expanding its battery procurement sources to potentially include PEVE, the partnership between Toyota and Panasonic Corp.

Toyota holds a 16.5% stake in Fuji Heavy.
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Old 12-27-2008, 03:54 AM   #2
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I hope they can do this without sacrificing any of the technological advances they gained with their Lamilion venture. I'd hate to see this go the way of Subaru's parallel turbo hybrid system (superior tech scrapped because of higher production costs than Toyota's mass-produced tech). This bodes well for keeping the costs of electric Subarus down, which is definitely a good thing.

OTOH, no mass-market Subaru EV models 'til 2015-ish is longer than I had hoped, especially with others (Mitsu & apparently Toyota) jumping in sooner. Looks like they'll be debuting EVs and North American diesels around the same time. Subaru had a good chance to be a pioneer. Perhaps they'll be able to offer a limited-production model sooner in select urban markets in the USA & CAN (probably wishful thinking).
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