Subaru Is Slow Offering All-Electric - Scores High For Climate Change Efforts
While other automakers bring new all-electric cars to the U.S. market, Subaru still doesn't have a full-electric model. But that doesn't mean they are standing still in their efforts against climate change. Subaru was named this week one of the top-rated companies in CDP's 2020 Supplier Engagement Rating.
Subaru Corporation was recognized for its efforts against climate change in companies' overall supply chain that answer the CDP climate change questionnaire. Subaru was selected in the top seven percent of global companies with the highest overall CDP climate change score.
Subaru Corporation has formulated an environmental management system and holds "policy briefings" to share with suppliers its mid-to-long-term management strategies and quality, procurement, production, and sales policies.
Subaru says they are "constantly striving to appropriately communicate with our suppliers and advance efforts to deal with climate change together." With Subaru's commitment to slow climate change, why is Subaru moving slowly in bringing a new all-electric SUV?
Subaru CEO Tomomi Nakamura told Automotive News (by subscription) recently; the risk is still too big for the small automaker. Nakamura says," For the U.S. market, we're not sure how rapidly the electric vehicle market will grow."
Subaru will Partner with Toyota, which has the technology Subaru needs. "We are a small manufacturer, and we're not going to be able to cope with all the changes by ourselves. So we need to have the right partner, and we think that is Toyota," says Nakamura.
Subaru will bring its new all-electric SUV sometime in 2022. Subaru says it will be about the size of the 2021 Forester compact SUV. The new EV will initially be a compliance car for California's emissions, where Subaru sells many of its new Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek SUVs.
But before the 2022 Subaru all-electric SUV arrives in the U.S., Subaru says they will continue to strive to procure parts, materials, and equipment that are high quality, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective to achieve a sustainable society. Torque News will bring you the latest information on Subaru's all-electric models.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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