When it comes to hybrid and electric vehicles, Subaru probably isn't the first automaker that comes to mind. Sure, they have the new mild-hybrid XV e-Boxer, Forester e-Boxer (which is coming to the Philippines) and the Crosstrek (also called XV) Plug-In Hybrid (pictured above). However, they're relatively new unlike other models offered by its competitors. But, the Japanese automaker has big plans in store for the coming years regarding electrification.
Subaru recently announced an ambitious plan to slowly remove its gasoline-powered cars from its global portfolio by mid-2030. The automaker will be replacing them with either hybrids or pure-electric vehicles. Following their renewed partnership with Toyota, Subaru will be leveraging on this to make it happen.
According to Reuters, Subaru will first develop a “strong-hybrid” vehicle using technology from Toyota in order to supplement its line up of electrified vehicles. This particular model is set to debut later in the decade. They will also be developing a pure battery-electric vehicle scheduled for release at around the same time. Both upcoming models will continue to make use of Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Despite using technology from Toyota, Chief Technology Officer, Tetsuo Onuki told Reuters that they will make hybrids that are “distinctly Subaru”.
By 2030, Subaru hopes that at least 40% of global vehicle sales are composed of electric or hybrid vehicles. By mid-2030, all Subaru models sold worldwide will be electrified in one form or another. With that, we might just see a hybrid/electric WRX STI or BRZ in the not-so-distant future.
The reason behind the shift to electrification is to cut down the CO2 emissions of vehicles. Subaru plans to reduce average well-to-wheel CO2 emissions from new vehicles (in operation) sold worldwide by 90% or more in 2050 as compared to 2010 levels.
“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, as we 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,” said Tomomi Nakamura, president of Subaru Corporation.