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Friday, March 21, 2008

Electric car in 2008 Newyork auto show

Electric cars in the autoshows
the 2008 New York auto show, the race is on to offer a production electric car. Major automakers Nissan, Subaru, and Mitsubishi showed working vehicles, while an upstart brought in a conversion with impressive stats.

Subaru announced it will put two R1e electric cars in service with the New York Power Authority for test marketing. The R1e is driven by a 40 kilowatt motor which can push it up to 65mph. Its lithium ion battery pack gives it a range of 50 miles and can be charged to 80 percent capacity in 15 minutes, using a special quick charger.

Mitsubishi's iMiEV is an electric car built on the company's i car platform. The i car will be marketed in the U.S. by 2010, although the electric iMiEV is only a test vehicle at this point. It can go for about 100 miles on a full charge with its lithium ion battery pack.
Nissan Denki Cube concept interior
As a concept, the Denki Cube gets a futuristic dashboard, with an LCD instead of an instrument cluster, plus a center display with icons for navigation and other car functions. A big display also shows whether the car is in Park, Drive, Reverse, or Neutral.

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