Subaru shows off its first electric vehicle, the Solterra SUV

Subaru Corp. Solterra electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) during an unveiling event in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.

Enlarge / Subaru Corp. Solterra electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) during an unveiling event in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (credit: Toru Hanai/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

On Thursday morning in Tokyo, Subaru unveiled its first-ever battery-electric vehicle. It’s an electric crossover called the Solterra, and it has been developed in partnership with Toyota alongside that brand’s forthcoming EV, the bZ4x.

At the heart of the Solterra—or more accurately its core—you’ll find a 71.4 kWh lithium-ion traction battery, between the axles and underneath the floor of the passenger compartment. It has been designed in both front- and all-wheel-drive variants, with either a 150 kW (201 hp) AC synchronous motor driving just the front wheels, or a pair of 80 kW (107 hp) motors, one powering each axle, for a total output of 160 kW (214 hp).

Subaru says that the FWD Solterra has a range of 329 miles (530 km) and the AWD Solterra a range of about 285 miles (460 km). However, those range estimates were generated using the WLTP test standard, which does not accurately reflect the less-energy-efficient driving style required for North American roads.

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