- Subaru joins Kia, BMW, Ford, GM, Toyota, Honda, and more with the announcement to adopt the NACS port.
- The automaker will add the NACS port to models beginning in 2025.
- Early EV drivers will have access to a NACS-to-CCS charging adaptor.
Subaru joined several other EV manufacturers by adopting the North American Charging Standard (NACS). In the recent announcement, Subaru will change the charging ports on some Subaru EVs by 2025.
Other Manufacturers Adopting the NACS Ports
This change gives Subaru EV drivers access to the robust Tesla network. Subaru’s announcement follows Acura, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Genesis, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Rivian, and Toyota.
The 2025 models will be the first with the NACS ports, and drivers who own Subaru EVs built before 2024 will have access to a charging adaptor that fits the Combined Charging System (CCS) ports. By the time the new NACS ports are added to Subaru EVs like the Solterra access to over 15,000 Tesla Superchargers all over North America.
Lofty Carbon Neutrality Goals
Most legacy automakers have goals for EV sales by 2023, and Subaru’s goal aims for 50% of total global sales to be EVs by 2030. The company wants to contribute to carbon neutrality, both during manufacturing and after customers take possession of Subaru EVs.
All About the Subaru Solterra
Subaru currently offers one battery-electric vehicle, the all-electric Solterra. This electric crossover is designed to compete with popular options like the Hyundai IONIQ 5, Kia EV6, and Ford Mustang Mach-E. If you think the Solterra looks a lot like the Toyota bZ4x, you’re not alone. Toyota and Subaru worked together to build the EV cousins.
Subaru has announced it plans to sell three more EVs by 2026. The automaker built 874,000 vehicles in 2023, and it has a goal to sell at least 200,000 EVs by 2026. Details about the three new models haven’t been announced, but many expect the automaker to work with Toyota.
The Subaru Solterra stands out for its off-road capability which includes 8.3 inches of ground clearance and X-Mode driving modes for Snow, Dirt, Mud, and Deep Snow.
The Solterra has Subaru’s legendary all-wheel drive with two 80-kW motors with 215 horsepower and 249 lb-ft of torque. It gets about 222 miles of range in the Limited and Touring models and 228 miles of range in the entry-level Premium trim.
Charging the Solterra
Drivers can charge the 72.8-kWh battery with a Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 DC Fast Charger. The Solterra needs about 50 hours to charge with a Level 1 and 11 hours for a Level 2. It has a charging speed of about 147 kW, so the Solterra benefits from using a Green 6 in the Chargeway system.
Features in the Solterra
In typical Subaru style, the Solterra is loaded with safety features. All trim levels come with Blind-Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Lane-Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pedestrian Detection, Emergency Steering Assist, Forward and Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking, a Rearview Camera, and more.
The entry-level Solterra Premium has an MSRP of around $45,000, which is about the same as the entry-level competition from Kia, Hyundai, and Ford. The Solterra has an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and five USB ports. The comfort features include heated front seats, a windshield wiper de-icer, and heated exterior mirrors.
The Soltera has comfortable seating for five and 30 cubic feet of cargo space. It’s a great choice for drivers who need reliable transportation in snowy weather. Loyal Subi drivers will appreciate the quiet ride, rugged appearance, and typical Subi driving experience on dirt and snow.
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