When Will Subaru Solterra Arrive? More Delays For The All-New EV
The 2023 Subaru Solterra is the Japanese automaker's first all-electric model, which was scheduled to arrive last month. There are no new Solterra EVs anywhere to be found in the U.S. or around the globe yet. What happened to the Solterra, and why are there more delays?
Subaru announced earlier this month the Solterra was recalled due to a wheel defect that could cause the wheels to come loose. It was an embarrassment to Subaru and Toyota, who jointly made the new Solterra and Toyota bZ4X EVs.
Around 2,600 Solterra EVs were recalled because of a risk the wheels could come loose due to an issue with the wheels bolts. Subaru submitted the Solterra recall to Japan's transportation ministry that said sharp turns and sudden braking could cause a hub bolt to loosen, raising the risk of a wheel coming off the vehicle. Subaru and Toyota said they are unaware of any accidents caused by the defect.
All the Solterra models recalled have still not been fixed and were scheduled to be the first models delivered to Subaru of America's retailers for testing and display purposes. But none have arrived on U.S. shores.
When will customers get the 2023 Solterra they ordered?
A source close to Subaru told us the Solterra display vehicles were supposed to arrive in showrooms in August or September and are further delayed. And now they don't have a delivery date from Subaru Corporation. So there is no indication when the models that were ordered by customers back in February will arrive.
The Solterra wheel defect sounds like an easy fix, but it's not. A recent report from Seeking Alpha says all of the first Solterra and bZ4x models that rolled off the assembly line cannot be fixed. The report says Toyota states that there is no remedy to cure the faulty wheels available at this time, and customers will receive a replacement vehicle pending a resolution of the problem.
Subaru Corporation will produce less than 7,000 Solterra models for the entire calendar year 2022. Seeking Alpha says Subaru will produce 6,500 Solterra EVs in 2022. Subaru of America has already sold its initial allotment of Solterra EVs to U.S. customers.
When will the 2023 Solterra be available for U.S. customers?
The 2023 Subaru Solterra should have begun to arrive in the U.S. in August or September in limited numbers, but the new recall and fixing of the wheel problem will further delay shipments of the new EV. Stay tuned.
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