Subaru aims for fully-electric line-up by 2035

Subaru XV Hybrid

Japanese manufacturer Subaru have committed to an electric future, announcing their intent to exclusively manufacture electric vehicles within 20 years.

In a statement released on the Subaru Global Media website, Subaru confirmed they will aim to “apply electrification technologies to all Subaru vehicles sold worldwide” by the first half of the 2030s.

The Japanese car makers also expect at least 40 percent of its global line-up to be electric before the end of this decade.

Subaru President, Tomomi Nakamura, said the company had a social responsibility as a global brand to contribute to a carbon-less society.

“Subaru’s strong commitment and dedication towards car-manufacturing that we have cultivated throughout our history remain unchanged,” said Nakamura.

“With the aim of making Subaru different from other brands, we will further hone the distinctive qualities that make a Subaru a Subaru, maintaining the unique attributes our customers have come to expect.

“At the same time, we will work to fulfill our social responsibilities, including the protection of the global environment, we will leverage Subaru’s unique character and technological innovation to contribute to the creation of a carbon-free society.”

As well as committing to the electrification of its vehicles, Subaru will also work towards reducing average well-to-wheel CO2 emissions for all new vehicles sold by 90 percent compared to 2010 levels by 2050, among a raft of environmental initiatives announced.

“Aside from the CO2 emissions reduction goals for vehicles announced today, we are advancing our environmental initiatives in the aim of reducing direct CO2 emissions from Subaru Group factories, offices, etc. to 30 percent below FYE2017 levels by FY2031,” read the statement from Subaru.

It is unclear based on Subaru’s statement whether their all-electric line-up will include petrol-electric hybrids or exclusively pure electric vehicles, with brand officials yet to clarify.

Subaru Australia currently does not have any electric or hybrid vehicles in its line-up but are set to introduce two hybrids in 2020: the petrol electric XV Hybrid and Forester Hybrid.

As for the arrival of full-electric vehicles, there are no firm dates set yet according to Subaru Australia Managing Director Colin Christie.

“There’s no firm time yet [for fully electric vehicles]. But Subaru has a very clear plan with what they want to do with electric cars and we would expect them in the not too distant future,” said Christie.

“We’re not talking ten years and we’re not talking two years, somewhere around five years we’ll potentially have fully-electric vehicles.”

Original source: Caradvice | Subaru plans shift to an all-electric line-up by mid-2030’s

21 Jan 2020