Green Car News From Subaru and Toyota

Those who are prepared to sign up for an environmentally-friendly vehicle have an ever increasing array of choices.  One of these is from Subaru.  The company chose the 2012 Tokyo Motor Show as the venue to launch its hybrid concept car, the Advanced Tourer.

 

The car combines the company's all-wheel drive hybrid system with a small 1.6-litre direct injection turbo engine.  The company considers this to be the way forward for its engine technologies.

 

The engine is combined with a "linear-tronic continuously variable" gearbox that has undergone various refinements to make it more suitable for a turbo engine.  This will, in fact, be the first gearbox of this kind ever to be used in an all-wheel drive passenger vehicle in mass production.

 

As far as the hybrid system of the Advanced Tourer is concerned, the fully electric driving mode will only be utilised during start-up and when the car is being driven at low speeds.  When more power is needed, such as during acceleration or at high speeds, the 1.6-litre engine will be used to recharge the electric power.

 

In other EV news Nissan has started selling its quick charger to companies all over Japan.  The new charger is nearly 50% smaller than its predecessor, has more safety features and costs much less.

 

It was developed in partnership with the Nagaoka University of Technology and costs about £5,000, which is more than 50% cheaper than the previous unit.

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