Subaru PHEV

A Subaru PHEV is made possible by using the automaker's global platform, which forms the basis for the Impreza (Image: Subaru)

A Subaru PHEV arrives in the US this year followed by a battery electric vehicle from 2021 all compliments of joint efforts with a former automobile partner and a few new teammates

Subaru's relationship with Toyota is nothing new. The two have participated in projects in the past. In fact, the Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ are essentially the same car (and then there's the Scion FR-S, which is also the same car made by Toyota and is now discontinued). All of these cars use Subaru's boxer engine, but split powertrains among these automakers are about to move into the future.

Toyota owns 17 percent of Subaru and has called the automaker into a joint EV partnership EV Common Architecture Spirit Welcomes Co. It was created last fall along with Mazda and supplier Denso to focus on the Focus on developing the common EV architecture.

  Subaru PHEV Partner

Toyota Prius Plug-In (Prius Prime)

Daihatsu, Suzuki, and Hino will be the result of new additions to Subaru's future electrification efforts – alongside Toyota and Mazda.

That does not mean that Subaru is not already working on its own electrification efforts. According to the car manufacturer's Chief Technical Officer, Takehi Tachimori, upcoming plug-in hybrids and possibly battery electric vehicles will build on such partnerships.

Tachimori admits that Subaru is far too small to be able to participate in this development himself. In order to bring the PHEV to market quickly, Subaru will use the Toyota Prius Prime System as a platform. The CEO told Automotive News:

"In order for our plug-in hybrid to be introduced this year, we have used Toyota's technologies as much as possible.

We can not expect a large scale evolution. Interestingly, Subaru will still use its longitudinal "Boxer" engine configuration along with the electric motor and battery pack.

While the Prime has a traditionally mounted engine.

At present, Subaru has no electric models available. His Stella plug-in sold only for 200 fleets and was discontinued in 2011. The automaker, like everyone else regardless of size, must meet emission requirements.

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  2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Subaru has discontinued its recent "green" efforts, the Crosstrek Hybrid, for the 2017 model year (Photo credit: Subaru )

At this time, Subaru has sent five engineers to be involved in the project. Tachimori hopes that Subaru's involvement, albeit minimal at the time, will help the collective to save money and resources. He said the unidentified Subaru PHEV is first sold in CARB states and shipped from Japan to the United States.

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Regarding BEV in 2021, Tachimori showed that Subaru is currently in the early stages of development and is still not using it the partnership, although it is likely that the group will be involved in the future. The Board concluded:

"Every automaker has a sense of urgency, we do not know how battery technology will evolve or how we should handle it or how we can best use it as an energy source. what a basic EV structure will look like. "

With the growing success of the Toyota Prius Prime, it will be exciting to have a similar offering from Subaru. The automaker is proud of its standard four-wheel drive system, high safety standards and active EyeSight safety technology. The pairing of electrification with Subaru's boxer engine should also be interesting. Hopefully, the partnership will also push Toyota and Mazda to move faster to future BEV models.

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