Japanese automaker Subaru unveiled its first all-electric vehicle, the Solterra, resulting from a two-year joint development project with Toyota, the biggest shareholder in the company. The Subaru Solterra is EV wrapped in five-passenger sports utility vehicle (SUV) body that certainly stands out in the crowd.
While the Solterra won’t make its debut in the US-spec form until next week, the SUV’s launch comes amid accelerating demand for EVs as nations worldwide tighten environmental regulations to decrease carbon emissions. Toyota last month unveiled its version of a battery-electric vehicle, the bZ4X. Aside from numerous teasers leading to the debut, the Subaru Solterra is nearly identical to the bZ4X developed under the Subaru-Toyota partnership.
Underpinning the bZ4X and its sibling, the Solterra is the jointly developed e-Subaru Global Platform. The platform pairs a 71.4 kilowatt (kW)-hour battery pack with either one or two electric motors, depending on the front wheel or all drive models of the SUV. Subaru claims the front-wheel-drive Solterra has a range of 330 miles on the Japanese cycle, while the all-wheel-drive model will do 285 miles on a full charge. The Solterra can be charged up to 80% of its capacity in 30 minutes through the 150 kW DC- fast charger. The SUV also has a heat pump that reduces losses in driving range in cold weather and while using features like heated seats and steering wheel.
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