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Subaru B9 Scrambler / B9 SCIn late 2003 Subaru unveiled its hybrid concept; the Subaru B9 Scrambler (later renamed the Subaru B9 SC in America,) an inspiring performance hybrid featuring an electric motor powered by a 2.0 liter SOHC flat-four cylinder engine. The B9 Scrambler may not seem Subaru by style, but certainly is by function; the roadster is all wheel drive and rides on an adjustable air suspension, allowing changes to ground clearance as needed. It also features a dent, scratch, and ding resistant body. The large wheels, high arches, and sporty wedge may give the B9 Scrambler the edge it needs to transcend Subaru's current demographic without alienating faithful enthusiasts.


So will the B9 SC ever hit the streets as a production model? Sadly, the chances are slim, but the release of this concept shows that Subaru is interested in hybrid production and may use the technology developed for the B9SC in one of their other automobiles. Perhaps your interested would be piqued by a Hybrid WRX?


A little more from Subaru Media on the B9 SC hybrid system:


"The hybrid system in the Subaru B9 SC is ideally suited to work with the brand's existing Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive systems and could be adapted to current vehicle platforms. The hybrid drive technology itself differs significantly from that used in most current production and proposed hybrid vehicles. In most hybrids, an electric motor is used to assist an internal combustion engine. The Sequential Series Hybrid Electric Vehicle (SSHEV) propulsion system in the Subaru B9 SC works the other way around."


"The SSHEV system teams a powerful electric motor with a 2.0-liter DOHC Subaru boxer 4-cylinder gas engine. At low and midrange speeds, the gasoline engine is used primarily to charge the advanced laminated lithium-ion batteries. At speeds over 50 mph, the B9 SC runs only on its gasoline engine. Thus, the internal combustion engine always runs in its most efficient speed range. To provide extra performance on hills and when the driver demands quicker acceleration, the SSHEV system seamlessly combines output from both the electric motor and gas engine through a special two-way clutch. The compact SSHEV propulsion system could easily be housed within the footprint of the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system used in current Subaru models. The SSHEV system places a generator between the Subaru Boxer engine and the transmission. A two-way clutch, the high-performance electric motor and the AWD transfer gearing are all neatly integrated into the transmission case."


"Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, height-adjustable suspension and large wheels with run-flat tires give the Subaru B9 SC concept trail-driving capability, making it a sports car for all roads. The concept vehicle's lower body features a special protective paint that also wraps over the upper body behind the doors to provide unity to the design. The windshield is made of a special mirror reflective glass."

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Hybrid Car quick notes and facts.

Though current hybrid car tax incentives/rebates are being phased out, consumers can look forward to rebates of up to $5000 in 2005.

Current hybrid cars can get up to 60 miles to the gallon on the highway. In addition to fuel economy, they boast lower emissions and depreciation than gasoline powered cars.


In the near future, hybrid cars are expected to get fuel mileage as high as 190 miles per gallon!


Environmentalists embrace hybrid cars as a solution to today's pollution problems.


Heavy HEV development began in the early 1990's with major manufacturers donating billions of dollars to the research of new hybrid technologies.

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