Subaru reveals Solterra SUV first electric vehicle

Subaru shows off its first electric vehicle, the Solterra SUV

first look at the 2022 Subaru Soltera, the Japanese automaker's first electric vehicle. Coming to the US, Canada and Europe in 2022, the Solterra SUV will be powered by an electric vehicle platform that Subaru co-developed with Toyota.

Subaru has partnered with Toyota to develop a new EV platform.

Subaru reveals Solterra SUV first electric vehicle

Solterra will be available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants, with a 150 kW (201 hp) synchronous motor driving the front wheels only or an 80 kW (107 hp) motor, one running on each axle, for a total output of 160 kW Watts (214 hp).

Both models have a 71.4-kWh battery under the car's floor, which Subaru estimates will provide approximately 530 kilometers (329 miles) of range based on the WLTC standard in Japan. (The US EPA rating will likely be lower.) The all-wheel-drive version will have a range of 460 kilometers (286 miles).

When battery power is low, Solterra can support DC fast charging of up to 150 kW - although Subaru hasn't provided estimates for how long it will last.

Toyota said its BZ4X, built on the same EV platform, will take 30 minutes to charge to 80 percent of capacity. The BZ4X is also scheduled for release in 2022 and will be built on this common platform, which Toyota calls e-TNGA and Subaru calls it e-Subaru.

Unlike the BZ4X, though, the Solterra appears to have a normal interior and steering wheel. (Toyota is including an optional steering yoke in its electric SUV.) Subaru says that like its other gas-powered SUVs, the Solterra will feature the company’s X-Mode AWD control system that “enhances the sense of security on rough roads.

It’s also added a new “Grip Control function, which enables the vehicle to run at a constant speed while stabilizing the vehicle even on rough roads, the capability is further enhanced.

When it comes out next year, Subaru will no doubt be competing with Rivian for its customer base of outdoorsy adventure types. The company hasn’t revealed the Solterra’s starting price, but it’s likely to be less expensive than the Rivian R1S SUV.

source of the article - theverge
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