Toyota accelerates EV plans and teams up with Subaru

Toyota, Subaru developing RAV4-sized electric crossover and platform for more EVs - Autoblog

Subaru has expressed its commitment to the new alliance, claiming to have redirected all of its existing EV research and development resources to the shared platform and SUV.

The two companies are teaming up to develop a dedicated EV platform, on which will sit a C-segment SUV that will be sold under each manufacturer's own brand. So we could see electric cars similar to the Corolla and Impreza, Camry and Legacy, and even the Highlander and Ascent on this platform in the future. Tagged as BEV, i.e., battery electric vehicles, they will be tuned with Toyota's electrification expertise and Subaru's all-wheel-drive techs.

Toyota and Subaru's partnership can be traced back to 2005, after both companies concluded on business collaborations in 2005. Toyota is the largest shareholder in Subaru with a stake of 16.77%, according to Refinitiv data.

"C-Segment" means the new auto will be Nissan Qashqai or Peugeot 3008-sized, but Toyota says the platform - called "e-TNGA" - will be created to work with "multiple vehicle types" including larger, "D-segment sedans and SUVs".

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Toyota's electric vehicle programme will start next year, when the firm will launch electric versions of the Toyota C-HR and sister Izoa in China, alongside a Japan-only two-seat city auto.

The platform will underpin multiple vehicle types including C-segment and D-segment sedans and SUVs. Since then, Toyota also shared the plug-in hybrid technology from its Prius Prime (and portions from the RAV4 Hybrid) with Subaru as a starting point for the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.

The companies also make reference to the need for manufacturers to collaborate given the high costs and supply problems associated with battery production.

The joint project will help Subaru, the smallest Japanese automaker, to invest in and develop a lineup of all-electric, all-wheel-drive models in order to survive the global shift to lower-emission vehicles.

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