Technologically we could build solar power plants so expansive, covering such a large area, that they could be seen from space. But we donâ€™t have to. We could plaster the worldâ€™s deserts with solar photovoltaic or concentrated solar thermal power plants to provide many times the amount of power needed to run the worldâ€™s economies. But we donâ€™t have to turn the worldâ€™s deserts into energy-generating industrial sites. Large scale solar power plants can be built anywhere where sun-drenched real estate is affordable.
The all-electric Subaru R1e will be on display at the New York International Auto Show, from March 21-30 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The NYPA will have two cars for evaluation that will begin this summer.
The Subaru R1e employs state-of-the-art, fast-charge lithium ion battery technology that eliminates typical lithium ion battery issues of charge memory loss, allowing partial charges and quick charges that do not decrease battery life.The car can be "quick-charged" to 80 percent capacity in only 15 minutes using quick-charge technology. A typical charge cost less than $2 dollars. The vehicle can be fully charged overnight (eight hours) while connected to a standard household electrical outlet.
The two-seat Subaru R1e is capable of driving at speeds up to 65 mph with a range of up to 50 miles.
The R1e uses an AC permanent magnet synchronized motor producing 40 kW. The new lithium ion batteries are also designed in layers that allow for simple recycling at the end of their 10 year life.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. (3/17/08)
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