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Fuji Heavy Considers Suspending Stella EV Production

Company said to be seeking launch of electric hybrid, instead within five years.

Published: 29-Dec-2010

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is considering suspending production of its only electric vehicle, sources said Monday.

Details including the timing of the suspension have not been decided, but the maker of Subaru brand cars could suspend production of the EV when the automaker stops manufacturing the Stella minivehicle, the EV's base car, the sources said.

Fuji Heavy plans to withdraw completely from minivehicle production sometime around 2012.

Fuji Heavy began selling the plug-in Stella electric vehicle to corporate customers and local governments in July 2009 with a sales target of 400 units by the end of March 2011.

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