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“Subaru always has been and will continue to be committed to safeguarding the natural environment that so many of our customers avidly enjoy. We will continue to make … [environmental] technologies a priority in our product development, manufacturing and business process.”
In 2002, FHI partnered with NEC to form NEC Lamilion Energy, Ltd., which is developing high-performance manganese lithium-ion batteries.
(The word Lamilion describes the battery’s basic design and composition: Laminate/Manganese/Lithium/Ion.)
NEC Lamilion Energy (NLE) battery packs combine characteristics desirable for future vehicles:
Eventually, Li-ion capacitor technology for compact cars could lead to demand for new hybrid buses, trucks and passenger vehicles. This environmentally sustainable technology could become an alternative to conventional lead batteries in the future.
FHI has been developing power storage systems and the application of Li-ion batteries in prototype HEVs, including the Subaru R1e (sold in Japan). Further testing and evaluation are required.
The development of new technologies is a time-consuming process – especially for manufacturers that want to offer proven, reliable and durable product. Subaru is committed to developing power-storage technology as the key to further promote the use of hybrid vehicles, fuel cell vehicles and electric vehicles. The status of future Subaru vehicles is contingent on the results of its continuous testing and development.