Subaru, which does not own a very wide stable of vehicles, does not currently offer a hybrid model, let alone an all-electric one. But in order to meet strict upcoming emissions standards, for example those being set by California, the Japanese automaker is being forced to act, and act quickly.
The first move in the direction of electrification will come next year in the form of a plug-in hybrid SUV. That could well be the Forester, which is getting a refresh for 2019, or a new model at least partly inspired by that popular utility model.
The name is derived from the words evolution and volt, which may be causing some gnashing of teeth over at Mitsubishi, currently working on its own Evolution.
We know that the new plug-in hybrid Subaru will borrow significant hybrid-related hardware and technology from the Toyota Prius Prime. Lest you find that surprising, remember that Toyota actually owns 16.5% of Subaru shares, and that the two Japanese automakers have worked together previously, notably on the development of the BRS (Subaru) and FR-S (Scion) models. The latter would go on to become the Toyota 86.