Subaru confirms first electric car to be SUV for Europe

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Subaru’s first electric vehicle will be an SUV built on a new bespoke EV platform shared with Toyota – and it has confirmed that it will arrive in Europe.
The Japanese firm says the model will launch in the first half of this decade, although it is announced that it will be revealed next year.

It will be similar in size to the existing combustion engine Forester. Because it will be built on an exclusively electrical architecture, it should get a new name; Japanese media report that it will be called Evoltis.

It will use the electric platform that Subaru has partnered with Toyota to develop, known as e-TNGA. The architecture is designed to be highly adaptable to allow vehicles of varying lengths and can be used for front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations, thanks to the ability to install motors on both axles. It can also accept multiple battery sizes.

Subaru and Toyota have already confirmed that they will jointly develop an SUV on the platform, and Toyota recently announced that it will unveil a new electric SUV, similar in dimensions to the RAV4, next year.

Although not confirmed by either company, the new Subaru EV is likely to be “paired” with this Toyota machine. Toyota plans to develop six electric vehicles on the e-TNGA platform.

Beyond using the shared platform, Subaru has not released any other technical details about the new EV, saying it will disclose more details in 2021.

Earlier this year, Subaru showcased an electric concept car at a tech briefing in January (pictured), and the eventual production electric vehicle is expected to take inspiration from it.

Subaru’s first electric vehicle is a major milestone in its electrification plans. The company recently introduced mild hybrid versions of its Impreza, XV, and Forester and is targeting at least 40% of its global sales to be electric or hybrid by 2030.

Subaru had previously planned for its first electric car to be based on an existing model built on its own global platform, but it changed that concept due to its new partnership with Toyota.

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