Pre-Orders For Subaru's First EV Are Now Open

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Deliveries of the Solterra begin later this year.

Subaru is about to deliver its first all-electric vehicle, with the first 2023 Subaru Solterra units arriving this summer. Although it wears a Subaru logo, the Solterra is actually a rebadged version of the Toyota bZ4X, which also arrives later this year. With only a few months left before the Solterra reaches customers, Subaru has opened up pre-orders with a refundable reservation fee of $250.

Yes, that's 2.5 times the reservation fee for the Cybertruck, but unlike the Tesla, the Subaru will actually be delivered this calendar year. And unlike the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which is only sold in certain areas, the Solterra will be available in all 50 states.

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So what do you get for $250? The reservation process allows customers to choose their preferred Subaru retailer, trim and color. Additional details such as the final order, pricing, availability and financing will be discussed with the individual dealer between April and May 2022. Oddly, Subaru still has not announced US pricing for the Solterra, nor has Toyota specified it for the bZ4X.

We know the Solterra will arrive with one powertrain: a dual-motor setup providing all-wheel drive and boasting outputs of 215 horsepower and 248-lb-ft of torque. The EPA range figures are not available yet but Subaru predicts it should travel approximately 220 miles on a charge. Subaru still hasn't shared how quickly the Solterra can charge, only offering a vague promise that it can recoup a "significant charge" in under one hour on a DC fast charger.

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Rather than use Electrify America, Subaru has decided to partner with EVgo, which operates 800 public fast charging locations and more than 1,200 level 2 charging stalls in 68 metropolitan areas and 35 states. EVgo is also the first fast charging network in the US to be powered by 100% renewable energy. Subaru hasn't announced if Solterra owners will receive free charging sessions from EVgo, but to be competitive with other EVs on the market, this would be a smart perk to offer.

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