With Toyota, Subaru, Hyundai, and Kia all introducing new EVs this year, the electric wagon-crossover war is heating up.
Subaru of America is taking reservations for the forthcoming Solterra starting today. Customers can choose their favorite Subaru retailer, trim, and exterior color for $250 down.
Solterra users will also be able to take advantage of a new relationship with EVgo, which will provide access to 46,000 charging points across the United States.
Subaru is a Japanese carmaker with approximately seventy years of combustion engine experience.
Subaru has a dedicated community of drivers with diverse interests, despite being a lesser brand compared to some of the major competitors we cover.
With vehicles like the Outback and Forester, the company has built a reputation for providing dependable all-wheel drive and off-road capability for customers who enjoy exploring the outdoors.
Subaru, on the other hand, sells more economical, sportier models, such as the WRX, that can be turbocharged.
Subaru does not currently sell electrified vehicles, with the exception of a Crosstrek hybrid, while portraying itself as a long-term, family-friendly vehicle brand for folks who enjoy exploring the world. The carmaker began teasing its first all-electric vehicle in May of 2021, and that began to change.
The arrival of Solterra
By the fall, we’d gotten our first glimpse of the Solterra, which was quickly followed by more details like a 220-mile range estimate. Although no pricing information has been released, the Solterra is slated to begin delivery in the United States around mid-year.
Consumers may now reserve their own electric vehicle, and expect access to a vast public charging network, thanks to Subaru’s recent statement.
Specs and performance
The 2023 Subaru Solterra is based on the Toyota bZ4X’s platform and design, and has a range of more than 220 miles thanks to a 71.4 kWh battery pack. Only a dual-motor AWD variant with 160 kW (215 horsepower) and 248 lb-ft of torque will be available in the US (335 Nm)
The Solterra is Subaru’s most technologically advanced model yet, with a suite of driver assist technologies, smartphone-connected features like Remote Start with Climate Control, Smart Navigation, and Remote Lock/Unlocking, and a revolutionary multimedia system with an available 12.3-inch touchscreen.
The Solterra, on the other hand, is supposed to be a true Subaru SUV, with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a ground clearance of 8.3 inches.
Partnership with EVgo
Subaru has partnered with EVgo, so future Solterra drivers will have access to the company’s public charging network. In the US, EVgo is the first public EV charging network to be entirely powered by renewable energy.
Solterra reservation members will soon have access to 800 public fast-charging stations and over 1,200 Level 2 charging stalls throughout 35 states. The Solterra EV, on the other hand, will be sold in all 50 states.
Reservations at Solterra are available with a $250 refundable deposit. Reservation holders may expect final orders, pricing, availability, and financing to be agreed upon with a Subaru retailer between April and May of this year, according to Subaru. Deliveries of Solterra will commence this summer.