Plug-In Hybrid Subaru In The Works

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 2

Subaru Viziv 2 Plug In Hybrid Concept

Subaru Viziv 2 Plug In Hybrid Concept

Viziv 2 Concept

Viziv 2 Concept

Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Fuji Heavy (parent company of Subaru), spoke of the automaker’s future offerings.

Automotive News reports:

“Yoshinaga said the company wants engines with thermal efficiency rates above 40 percent — above that of the engine in the Toyota Prius hybrid. The target suggests Subaru will dabble with clean-burning Atkinson cycle engines.”

“Higher efficiency means more energy from internal combustion is captured to power the wheels and less is lost through heat.”

So, a Toyota Prius challenger then.

However, Yoshinaga added that a plug-in hybrid Subaru is coming to North America before 2018.  Oddly, the plug-in hybrid Subaru will borrow technology from Toyota, which we assume means from the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.

Subaru and Toyota have been jointly working together for some time now, so this shouldn’t be too surprising.

If you’re a Subaru fan and a lover of plug-in hybrids, then your perfect automobile might just be here in a few year’s time.

Source: Automotive News

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2 responses to "Plug-In Hybrid Subaru In The Works"

  1. SeattleTeslaGuy says:

    Aren’t these the guys that are advertising “partial zero emissions”??? (PZEV badges on their cars) And they are just getting to any kind of plug-in? A day late and fist full of dollars short.

    By the way, PZEV thing really bothers me. Like, how can you have a partial zero anything? Zero is absolute. If it’s not quite zero, it isn’t zero. And then there are the “on the road to zero emissions” banners at the dealerships. They may be on the road, but they’ve barely taken one step on the thousand mile journey. I detest this company for wrapping themselves in the green flag but not actually having any product that comes close. At least until 2017…

    1. GRA says:

      PZEV is an official CARB category, and Subarus meet that standard:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partial_zero-emissions_vehicle