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Subaru Stella Plug-in Electric Car (EV)

Fri, 05 Jun 2009

The Subaru Stella Plug-in EV goes on sale in Japan today

Not designed to be anything other than a city car, the Subaru Stella has a range of around 55 miles on a full charge of its Li-ion batteries, which can be charged in about five hours from a standard socket (or in 15 minutes from a quick-charge outlet), and a has top speed of 62mph – so it really is a city-only car.

Based on Subaru’s existing Stella mini-car the Stella EV is powered by a 60bhp (47kw) electric motor that delivers 125lb/ft of torque from the off. It also incorporates a regeneration system that tops up the batteries during deceleration to help the range.

But cheap it ain’t. Japanese list is about £30,000, which is a huge amount of money for a little car. But Japanese Government subsidies for zero emission cars (at the point of delivery) rebate around £9,000, meaning the car will come in at a little over £20k.

Subaru don’t have huge expectations for the Subaru Stella EV, with a target of just 170 sales in the coming year.

By Cars UK