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Subaru Says The New Solterra EV Will Determine Its Electrification Plans

The 2023 Subaru Solterra will be the most important new vehicle launch in its history. Subaru says the all-new Solterra EV will determine how fast or slow they move to a fully electric lineup.

The all-new 2023 Subaru Solterra arrives mid-2022, and it will be the automaker's most important new vehicle launch ever. As the automotive industry moves away from the internal combustion engine and toward electric models, Subaru is waiting to see how customers respond to its first-ever all-electric SUV and determine its electrification plans.

In a new report from Automotive News, Subaru Corporation CEO Tomomi Nakamura says the target of 40 percent electrified vehicles by mid-2025 to 2030 was made two years ago. They will now rethink their electrification goals.

2023 Subaru Solterra all-electric compact SUV

Nakamura says, "So we know that we have to shift or accelerate this plan. Based on how the market receives the new Solterra EV, we can plan for what kind of ratios (50-60 percent) we should target for EVs and hybrids."

The 2023 Subaru Solterra will launch in California and then be available in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington State, and Washington DC, Vermont, New York, Maine, Rhode Island, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Colorado.

2023 Subaru Solterra all-electric compact SUV

The Solterra's initial availability will be limited to U.S. states that have adopted California's ZEV Emissions program. This will give Subaru of America a good idea of how its first all-electric compact SUV is accepted by its loyal customers.

Nakamura went on to say, "We are trying to focus on what customers want and what benefit they need from an EV, and we want to follow our customers' needs."

Will Subaru accelerate its EV plans?

Nakamura says, "Of course, the EV era will eventually come. And at that point, it will require investment for developing our own EVs. But we want to know when the market will be mature for EVs. We want to be a smart follower in this area and not really on the front line."

Will Subaru build more new EVs with Toyota?

The Solterra EV is a joint project with Toyota, but that doesn't mean Subaru will build new EVs with the Japanese automaker. Nakamura says, "As EVs become more mainstream, Subaru will stop being a collaborator and be more of a competitor with Toyota."

The new 2023 Subaru Solterra is the most important new vehicle launch in the Japanese automaker's history. The new all-electric compact SUV's success will determine how fast or slow Subaru moves to a fully electric lineup.

Let Subaru know in the comments below what you think of the 2022 Solterra EV SUV and your needs and wants for your next all-electric vehicle.

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Jeff Sorensen (not verified)    December 8, 2021 - 1:39PM

Hope you change your availability and include Wisconsin for the Solterra. If not I will be inclined to purchase the Toyota model.

John (not verified)    December 9, 2021 - 12:07PM

In reply to by Jeff Sorensen (not verified)

Hi Jeff, the limited states part of this article is wrong. It will be available to all customers. Dealers have the option to become EV certified and you can reserve it on and select your dealer of choice starting in late january

Chris (not verified)    December 9, 2021 - 1:55PM

In reply to by Jeff Sorensen (not verified)

I agree with Jeff. I live in Wisconsin and would love to see this model. I would change in my 2014 Subaru Outback for it when it becomes available.

bob E (not verified)    December 8, 2021 - 3:58PM

Subaru has a lot of loyal customers in Texas. This one will be purchasing an electric car in 2022. Looks like it won't be a Subaru.

John (not verified)    December 9, 2021 - 12:08PM

In reply to by bob E (not verified)

Hi Bob, the limited states part of this article is wrong. It will be available to all customers. Dealers have the option to become EV certified and you can reserve it on and select your dealer of choice starting in late january

LindaO (not verified)    December 9, 2021 - 10:00AM

Glad to see Pennsylvania on the list. If there is any way possible that I can afford it I will be purchasing the Solterra. I have been driving a Subaru for over 30 years now and wouldn't buy anything else.

Cory C (not verified)    December 9, 2021 - 10:02AM

Good idea moving forward as a business, but they could have used a product that is blatantly more desirable than this, the solterra is a rav 4 with a suby badge on it, they should have at least used the inpreza/crosstrek or outback line to start

Hartzler (not verified)    December 9, 2021 - 11:33AM

Why cannot u buy the car where it's offered and then register it in the state that they don't offer it. DOnt people move states for jobs?

Hartzler (not verified)    December 9, 2021 - 11:36AM

We say that EV is the way to go, but did anyone think on how to recycle the batteries used for these cars and what is the process to extract the raw materials to make these batteries, I feel this is gonna be the biggest issue of the future and contaminating the planet EARTH, I feel Fuel Cell is the future, EV is not when it comes to Environment.

Holm Birger Holmsen (not verified)    December 9, 2021 - 11:43AM

Jeg har hatt subaru siden 1986 13 stk tilsammen for det meste outback.
Kjørelengde bør være minst 500 km for 4-hjulstrekkeren. Solterra vil i tilfelle være aktuell å anskaffe høst 2022.
Vennlig hilsen
Holm Birger Holmsen

John (not verified)    December 9, 2021 - 12:06PM

The solterra will not be limited to those states. it will be available to all dealers who opt in to their EV certification requirements. They will have a national online reservation system where customers can order and select their preferred certified EV dealer.

Wiseone (not verified)    December 9, 2021 - 1:28PM

As a loyal Subaru customer, if it's true there's no spare wheel, I will be going with the Toyota Rav 4 Prime

Paul Daws (not verified)    December 9, 2021 - 3:08PM

As a long time WRX driver, will look for an EV with a little more kick for those special needs times. I would swap my wife's Impreza if the range was + 250 miles for some long range trips I take periodically.

Kenneth Alfaro (not verified)    December 9, 2021 - 4:05PM

As a customer of Subaru, I appreciate the conservative approach. I would love to see an EV compact truck. Especially with the success, you have had with all-wheel drive vehicles. I would like to see something other than a station wagon option. Hopefully that's on the horizon since you have built that before. Does the new platform of the Soltera offer that as an opportunity for a compact EV truck? Has it been considered?

Walter Bennett (not verified)    December 9, 2021 - 8:56PM

First time Subaru owner and I love my 22 Wilderness. Wife will need a new vigil every next year and wants an EV. We’ll give the Solterra a hard look when it arrives.

Jim Gallogly (not verified)    December 10, 2021 - 2:50PM

I'm a gear-head conservative who has been a loyal Subaru customer since 1992. It's sad to see Subaru being forced to spend resources on an EV at this time, but I'm sure there are more far left luns driving Subarus than conservatives. Continued refinement of gas engines would be appreciated by all. This is not the time for EV's, it's too soon; a more realistic time for 50 percent of all sales being EV is 2050 or beyond.

David Grosz (not verified)    December 14, 2021 - 9:35PM

What are the plans to bringing this vehicle to Australia? Also, will the battery system use a solid state battery giving more mileage between charges than what the traditional batteries used by other EVs? With Subarus being used as cars more inclined to go further from big cities, solid state batteries seem the better way to go.