Subaru’s all-new 2019 Crosstrek plug-in-hybrid is coming later this year, but the fuel-stingy model will only be sold in 10 U.S. states. It’s popular in the Rocky Mountains and the state of Washington, but you won’t be able to buy one in these regions. According to The Gazette, Subaru Corp will only build “limited quantities” of the new 2019 Crosstrek with electric technology.
Subaru Corporation’s plans are to only sell the Crosstrek PHEV in the 10 states that have adopted zero-emissions vehicle requirements, Colorado dealerships are telling customers. There are only nine states that have adopted California's ZEV program. They are Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. So unless you live in California or one of these states in the North East, you are out of luck.
The California zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) regulation requires automakers to offer a number of electric cars and trucks for sale with the number of vehicles is linked to the companies overall sales within the state. It forces automakers to spend their research and development dollars on all-electric technology.
Colorado is one state where Subaru has been popular and the Outback is the number-one-selling vehicle in the state. The Subaru Crosstrek is also a popular vehicle and it’s leading the brand’s stable of all-wheel-drive vehicles. Conservation Colorado, an environmental advocate, and Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), a public-interest organization promoting greater energy efficiency in the west, were both shocked when they heard Subaru won’t sell the new Crosstrek PHEV in Colorado.
Will Toor, the transportation program director for SWEEP told the Gazette, "Despite the fact that Colorado has some of the strongest consumer demand for electric vehicles, most car manufacturers don't sell all their electric models here. States that have adopted zero emission standard get up to three times as many models.”
The new 2019 Subaru Crosstrek won’t be sold were they are the most popular, in the Rocky Mountains and the state of Washington. Unless these states adopt tougher air-quality standards, environmentally conscious consumers who live in these regions won’t get any new fuel-stingy Crosstreks.
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