Subaru Europe, the subsidiary of Subaru Corporation in Europe, has just confirmed the company is preparing for the launch of a fully-electric vehicle. The new all-electric car will be a mid-size sports utility vehicle (SUV), similar in size to the Subaru Forester model. It will be built on a platform shared with Toyota, who are a part-owner of Subaru.
The news underlines the Japanese carmaker’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint in Europe and satisfy a growing demand for alternative powertrains. It also signals the brand’s second electrification step in Europe after it recently launched mild-hybrid variants of two core models in the region, where the Subaru XV e-BOXER and Forester e-BOXER models today represents 60 percent of the sales volume.
Subaru hinted that they would be launching an electric vehicle when they revealed their concept car to the world at the start of the year. At the time they also announced at least 40 percent of their global sales of vehicles would be electric or hybrid by 2030.
The new electric Subaru is scheduled for introduction in the first half of the 2020s. Further information about the new electric car will be released sometime next year.