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Toyota and Subaru to develop dedicated electric vehicle platform

Toyota and Subaru to develop dedicated electric vehicle platform Toyota and Subaru to develop dedicated electric vehicle platform
Conrad Doyle | 09 June, 2019, 19:58

Toyota and Subaru announced they will jointly develop a battery-electric crossover on a platform developed for multiple production vehicles. So we could see electric cars similar to the Corolla and Impreza, Camry and Legacy, and even the Highlander and Ascent on this platform in the future.

Both companies will combine their strengths - Subaru will employ their know-how in all-wheel drive technologies, while Toyota will share their knowledge in vehicle electrification.

Good news everyone - Toyota and Subaru are rekindling the partnership that gave us the really rather good GT86 and BRZ. Toyota is the largest shareholder in Subaru with a stake of 16.77%, according to Refinitiv data.

"The automotive industry is in the midst of a once-in-a-century period of profound transformation", the companies said.

Subaru will again use this partnership to design, test, and build components for their new shared electric-car platform.

Following yesterday's announcement regarding the cooperation between BMW and Jaguar Land Rover on electric drive units, Toyota and Subaru have confirmed they would co-develop an EV platform.

Though the two automakers didn't reveal much about the platform they are working together on, however, they did confirm that it would support a large segment of cars, from SUVs to C- and D-segment sedans. Both carmakers will shift their existing electric vehicle development over to this new project.

Toyota and Subaru already joined forces with the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, which uses Toyota Prius Prime electric powertrain.

Toyota is looking to partnerships with rival automakers and tech firms to reduce its capital outlay for developing these new technologies.

The two companies aim to start selling the co-developed vehicle by the mid-2020s in the United States and other major auto markets, sources close to the matter said.

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