The next evolution of Subaru power is here. The Subaru all-electric vehicle lineup starts with the all-new 2023 Subaru Solterra EV SUV, but there is much more to come. A Subaru EV takes all of the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive capability, advanced active safety technology, and trusted longevity and reliability that Subaru vehicles are known for and combines them with the next-generation e-Subaru Global Platform, a new all-electric vehicle architecture.
We’ve made it easy to understand and access the conveniences an EV gives you, like charging at home or through our trusted networks, leaving you more freedom to explore.
Charging a Subaru EV: quickly, easily, and right nearby.
Owning a Subaru EV is all about freedom – the freedom from the impact of fossil fuels, the freedom to reach places only a Subaru go, and the freedom to charge how and where it’s most convenient for you. A Subaru EV can be a perfect fit for your life, no matter how you want to charge it.
Charging Flexibility at Home and On the Go
With a Subaru EV, you can leave home each morning with a full charge so you’re always ready to go anywhere. Just like your smartphone, you can simply plug in to a standard wall outlet when you get home with the included Level 1 120V charger and wake up to a fully charged battery. You can get an even faster charge by using a Level 2 240V charger – like the kind used for an electric clothes dryer. Other Level 2 chargers are available for public or customer use at retail stores, hotels, and parking lots.
Level 3 DC fast-charging stations, with the most powerful charging technology, are available at dedicated locations across the nation.
EVgo Charging Network: Charge Up at Over 46,000 Charging Stations
Whether you’re heading across town or the entire country, you’ll have access to over 46,000 public charging stations – including super-fast Direct Current Fast Charging stations (DCFC) that can charge up to 80% of your battery capacity in under an hour – through our partnership with EVgo, the first public EV fast-charging network in the U.S. to be powered by 100% renewable energy. A Solterra can charge at any Level 2 or DCFC, but an EVgo account can streamline the process and the EVgo app makes it easy to find the closest available charger as well as provide turn-by-turn directions to the station.
Subaru EV Benefits
Saving money on gas and the environmental benefits of a zero-emissions vehicle are obvious, but there are other reasons why driving Subaru EV can be so rewarding. From tax credits to reduced maintenance costs to a more pleasant commute, buying a Subaru EV is a smart investment for the long road ahead.
Zero Tailpipe Emissions
With no tailpipe emissions and no need for gasoline or oil changes, owning an efficient, capable Subaru EV is the easiest way to enjoy everything the natural world has to offer while protecting it at the same time.
Up to $7,500 in Federal Tax Credits
Owning a Subaru EV means you can take advantage of federal tax credits of up to $7,500, and there are even more possible tax credits, incentives, and discounts you can claim, depending on your location and employer.
No combustion engine means no need for fuel or other petroleum products, and if you charge at home, you can expect to only pay approximately $9 to $10 for a full charge, which is a huge savings compared to even the most efficient internal-combustion vehicles. Plus you save on time, since there’s no need to stop for gas on the way, making it one less thing you – and your wallet – need to worry about on your commute.
A Subaru EV is not only more efficient than a traditional combustion engine vehicle, it’s also simpler to maintain and doesn’t require the same petroleum lubricants for its engine parts. And that doesn’t even take into account the time spent waiting for regular maintenance like oil changes. Keep in mind that while a Subaru EV can help you save significant amounts on maintenance, you still need to stay on top of other basic services like tire rotation, brake pads, wiper blades, and other items that wear out or need regular servicing.
HOV Lane Access for a Better Commute
Certain states allow electric vehicles to access high-occupancy vehicle lanes. It’s just one more way owning a Subaru EV can make everyday driving easier and more enjoyable.
Electric vs. Hybrid: What's the Difference?
An electric vehicle (EV) is an all-electric car that is powered by a battery. These cars need to be charged and have a range limit due to the battery. Electric vehicles can have ranges from 150-400miles depending on brand and battery size.
A hybrid vehicle uses fuel and a hybrid battery, which charges using kinetic energy while you are in traffic and on the road! Hybrids get great gas mileage ranging from 30-50mpg.
Range anxiety can play a role in whether you want an electric or hybrid vehicle, but both kinds of cars are paving the way for the future.
Features of a Hybrid Vehicle
Regenerative Braking: One benefit of hybrid vehicles is the battery science. Traditional hybrid batteries cannot charge off an outlet, so regenerative braking is needed to charge it! Every time your car stops, the car transfers the energy from the torque of the car into kinetic energy, and it is stored into the battery to be used for the hybrid engine! With regenerative braking, the brake pads also last longer, because the engine is helping the car brake and absorbs some of the energy. They will still need replacing, but it is found out that they will last almost twice as long.
Auto Start and Shut Off: When your hybrid stops, it also shuts off the engine and switches the power to your hybrid battery. This eliminates idling and wasting fuel, increasing your fuel economy!
Plug-In option: Some hybrids can recharge with both industrial electricity and regenerative breaking, and these use Plug in Electric Hybrid technology. (PHEV) The simplest explanation of the plug-in hybrid is that it is a hybrid vehicle with a larger electric motor and a bigger battery. The battery can be recharged from commercial power by plugging into a 120 or 240-volt charging system, just like a full EV. When that charge is depleted, the PHEV operates as a regular hybrid using engine power and regenerative braking to keep electrons flowing to the battery pack. PHEV’s provide more power and better handling than a traditional hybrid.
Advantages of a Hybrid Vehicle
Financial Benefits: A hybrid will still use fossil fuels, but it will save you money in the long run. The increased fuel economy from the battery will up the gas mileage while still delivering some of the power that a traditional combustion engine will have. Typically hybrids cost the same as their combustion-engine counterparts, so if you are looking to help save the environment and cut down on fuel prices, hybrids are the way to go. Recently, the government has offered a tax credit if you buy a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle, which is enticing to a lot of people in the market for a new car.
Environmentally Sound: A hybrid reduces the carbon footprint of driving. With dual power, it makes the car more efficient and lowers emissions while driving! With this comes less dependence on fossil fuels. Owners will find themselves driving more and using less gas than ever!
Light: Hybrids are made with lighter materials so they can conserve energy on the road. A lot of modern hybrids are made with recycled materials, and the smaller engine all factor into less weight, providing a smoother and more efficient ride!
Disadvantages of a Hybrid Vehicle
Less Power: Your traditional hybrid contains less power than a combustion engine. However, as we progress into the future, the amount of horsepower being packed into Hybrids and EV’s are growing by the year. Here we have a chart comparing the HP between The Subaru Crosstrek vs. Hybrid, and the All new 2023 Subaru Solterra vs. the 2022 Subaru Ascent.
2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
2021 Subaru Crosstrek
2023 Subaru Solterra
2022 Subaru Ascent
Battery Replacement: If your hybrid battery runs out, it used to be pricey to replace. As technology progresses, these batteries are being made to last the whole lifetime of the car plus more. Some taxi hybrids you see can have over 300,000 miles on it!
Features of an Electric Vehicle
Rechargeable: Electric Vehicles don’t use fossil fuels and instead opt for a charging port that charges your car like you would your cell phone. These chargers are in 3 different classes, ranging from 110-600 volts!
Quiet: There is no combustion in electric vehicles, so the cars stay extremely quiet on the road. This will overall reduce noise in cities and populated areas!
Great Range for Commuting: EV’s are perfect for commuting, with the average range being 181 miles. A lot of businesses are installing charging ports, so you can charge while you work!
Advantages of an Electric Vehicle
No Fossil Fuels: Most Electric Vehicles run on electricity using lithium batteries, so there is no need for fossil fuels! Electricity is cents on the dollar compared to gas, so this will save you lots of money in the long run. Spending $1, you can travel almost twice as far with electricity than you can gasoline.
Lessened Emissions: Electric cars have 0 tailpipe emissions! Since electricity is used to power the car, there is no combustion and no carbon footprint. Despite the car having 0 emissions, the source that charges the battery can create a carbon footprint. For example, in areas that rely on coal for electricity you would be creating a bigger carbon footprint than you would with a gasoline vehicle. Fortunately, in Oregon we use a lot of hydro power, and this mitigates the footprint.
Wireless Charging: We aren’t too far away from better battery and charging technology, but wireless car charging is right around the corner! Companies are working on the technology now, but it seems like it will be here sooner rather than later. These wireless chargers can range from chargers in the roads, or even pads that you can park on at work or at home. Volkswagen has been working on a model that can charge one of their electric vehicles to 80% in 10 minutes, with 98% efficiency!
Better Performance: Electric Vehicles are quicker than combustion engines, and the performance will only get better as technology progresses. The gap has closed with speed, as electric cars are just as fast as cars on today’s market, and the noise reduction is a huge plus.
Federal Tax Credit: There is a substantial tax credit for battery-electric, hydrogen fuel cell and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, depending on the battery capacity. If you lease, the credit goes to the manufacturer. However, dealerships often factor it into the lease, lowering the down payment or monthly payments.
Disadvantages of an Electric Vehicle
Not Enough Charging Ports: A major issue that can bottleneck the growth of EV’s is the lack of chargers. People experience range anxiety as a result. According to Forbes, 80% of EV drivers charge their car at home, and this speaks to the lack of public charging ports. These cars need to be charged every couple hundred miles, so EV’s aren’t the best for long road trips or for those looking for alternatives to charging at home.
Range Anxiety: Electric Vehicles are practical for commuting, but on long road trips drivers can experience range anxiety. This comes from worrying if your car can make it to the next charging station or destination on its current amount of power. When the anxiety sets in and there are no charging ports, this can easily turn to range panic. This can be fixed by changing the infrastructure to better accommodate EV’s. Countries like the Netherlands have made strides to make charging ports more accessible, and they are one of the best places to drive an EV in Europe.
Manufacturing Issues: Batteries and computer chips are in high demand, making it much more difficult to obtain these resources to produce new cars. These are beginning to ramp back up as we speak and cars should be back into full production in the next year or so.
Subaru Future Plans
Solterra: The Subaru Solterra is the first Subaru EV with 0 emissions. Its name is derived from the Latin words Sol (sun) and Terra (earth). The Solterra features all your standard Subaru tech such as X-Mode, Eyesight Driver Assist, Blind Spot Detection, and more all with a range of over 200 miles. The Solterra also features fast charging, meaning it can reach 80% charge in less than an hour! For those with range anxiety, the car features an app that locates charging stations for you, so you can plan your trip with the charging stops. This SUV aims to be the cornerstone of all Subaru Electric Vehicles in the future.
Crosstrek Hybrid: The 2021 Crosstrek Hybrid is the perfect blend of EV and Hybrid. With charging capabilities and a combustion engine, the Crosstrek Hybrid delivers the best of both worlds without compromising performance. This hybrid can be ran off of a charge or off of fuel, increasing fuel economy significantly! Unfortunately, the range is only 17 miles off the battery charge.
How long have Hybrids and EV’s been Available?
Automotive hybrid technology became widespread beginning in the late 1990s. The first mass-produced hybrid vehicle was the Toyota Prius, launched in Japan in 1997, and followed by the Honda Insight, launched in 1999 in the United States and Japan.
How Long Do Hybrid/EV Batteries Last?
According to AutoTrader, Hybrid and EV Batteries can last up to 10-20 years in most situations! As long as the car isn’t parked with a flat battery and unused, the lifespan is greatly increased. If you are concerned about when to replace your battery, it is always smart to check your manufacturers warranty or contact them directly.
Do Hybrids/EV’s Require Additional Maintenance?
Most hybrid cars do not require any additional regular maintenance on the hybrid-specific components. The gasoline engine in a hybrid vehicle requires the same maintenance that it would if it were the only power source driving the vehicle. That means regular tune-ups and oil changes every 5,000-10,000 miles, depending on the vehicle and the driving conditions. One important hybrid benefit is that ordinary vehicles need to have their brake pads changed regularly. But hybrids’ regenerative braking systems eliminate much of the wear on the mechanical brakes, so their brake pads typically last much longer.
According to Yale, Electric Vehicles have a maintenance cost of around 40% less than most combustion engine vehicles. Electric vehicles don’t contain typical elements such as timing belts, oxygen sensors, fuel filters, spark plugs, and other components typically seen on EV’s fossil fuel counterparts. EV’s also don’t use oil, so owners can cut back drastically on the typical cost of maintenance.
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