Japan is the world leader when it comes to eco-cars, and it got to prove the fact that every production eco-car or future concept with half a reputation was there, including the hydrogen-powered Honda FCX Clarity, electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV, hydrogen-powered Nissan FCV, the hydrogen-gasoline rotary-powered Mazda RX8, the hydrogen-powered Suzuki FCV and of course the hybrid Toyota Prius and Lexus LS 600h.
In the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Subaru had brought the Subaru Plug-in Stella which already introduced to the press on June 4, 2009.The 2009 Subaru Plug-In Stella is already on sale in Japan and the deliveries already begin in August last year.
The front-wheel-drive four-passenger EV, which measures just over 133.6 inches long, is based on the company’s standard petrol-powered Stella minicar.The production version of the Plug-in Stella features a more powerful traction motor than used in the prototype introduced last year: 47 kW and 170 Nm (125 lb-ft), compared to 40 kW and 150 Nm (110 lb-ft). A 9 kWh, 346V Li-ion battery pack comprising 16 modules in series supports a range of 90 km (56 miles) when driven in the Japan 10-15 mode cycle.
The lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged to 80% in 15 minutes with a quick charging system, while a full recharge requires 8 hours via a 100V household power outlet or 5 hours via a 200V outlet. The Subaru Plug-in Stella is powered by a 63HP electric motor is able to reach a top speed of 100 km/h.