Subaru Confirms EV for Europe

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Photo credit: Subaru

From Autoweek

  • Subaru Europe confirms it is launching an EV

  • Company says it is scheduled for introduction before 2022

  • Subaru’s EV will be a mid-size SUV

Subaru Europe confirms it is launching an EV and word is the world will see it before the end of 2021. The company said it is a mid-size SUV “similar in size to the Subaru Forester model.” It will be built on a platform shared with Toyota, the company said. Subaru had previously planned for its first electric car to be based on an existing model built on its own Global Platform, but decided to go with the shared platform.

The move signals the brand’s second electrification step in Europe after recently launching mild-hybrid variants of three models, the Impreza e-BOXER, Subaru XV e-BOXER and Forester e-BOXER. Subaru’s goal is at least 40 percent of its global sales to be either electric or hybrid by 2030.

Japanese media is reporting that the car is going be called Evoltis. The crossover will use the electric platform Subaru and Toyota are developing together, e-TNGA. The platform is adaptable, allowing for different lengths as well as for front-, rear- and four-wheel-drive layouts. It can also accept multiple battery sizes.

Subaru and Toyota have already confirmed they will jointly develop an SUV on the platform. And Toyota recently said it will unveil a new electric SUV (similar in size to the RAV4) next year and plans to build six EVs on the e-TNGA platform.

Other than saying the two companies would share e-TNGA, Subaru didn’t give anymore details. Earlier this year, Subaru displayed an electric concept (above) car at a technology briefing in January. At the moment Subaru sells a plug-in hybrid Crosstrek in the U.S., and using the joint venture platform Subaru plans to offer more EVs here.

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