Published: Sun, June 09, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Toyota, Subaru to tie up on EVs

Toyota, Subaru to tie up on EVs

Commenting on the deal, the carmakers said: "The automotive industry is in the midst of a once-in-a-century period of profound transformation".

Subaru will provide its all-wheel-drive technology for the project while vehicle electrification tech will be given by Toyota.

The small crossover will only be the first vehicle to use the platform, though, as it's being developed for use in medium-small C-segment sedans and both D-segment larger sedans and crossovers. All-in-all, a platform with a very broad use case.

Like with the BRZ/86, Toyota and Subaru will sell their own branded version of this all-electric SUV.

Yes, Toyota and Subaru are working together once again.

As a first step in this direction, while accelerating productisation by bringing together technologies that represent each company's strengths and cooperating where possible, the two companies will jointly develop a BEV-dedicated platform.

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Toyota, which already makes batteries for hybrids and hybrid plug-ins, said it will partner with China's Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL) and EV maker BYD Co Ltd for battery procurement.

The e-TNGA is more or less the answer to the MEB platform from Volkswagen.

It's nice to see that Toyota is showing some effort towards electrification, especially given how borderline dismissive they have been towards the outlook of electric cars.

But with each country and region having a different set of rules and regulations with regards to hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), as well as BEVs, Toyota and Subaru will work efficiently and swiftly in order to appropriate the upcoming platform. And now it will lead to the release of an electric SUV.

The key to creating a profitable battery EV operation could be in combining new mobility technologies, including on-demand ride services, with battery-powered electric cars, he said.

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