Specialty green models don’t normally end up in lots across the country, at least not initially, and the upcoming Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid is no different.
The resurrected green variant of the wildly popular Crosstrek, which bit the dust following slow sales in 2016, appears late this year as a 2019 model, only this time with real all-electric range and a corresponding plug. It’s a model born of the automaker’s partnership with Toyota, and the Crosstrek PHEV borrows powertrain components from the plug-in Prius Prime. (Whether it’s a direct carryover remains to be seen.)
As your author noted on Twitter the other day, this model seems tailor made to become the darling of hip, achingly progressive enclaves everywhere. While that could one day be the case, four-fifths of U.S. states won’t see the model upon its roll-out.
According to the Colorado Springs Gazette (via Torque News), only California and the nine other states that signed on to its zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate stand to get the Crosstrek PHEV. Interested would-be buyers in the majestic, Subaru-friendly state of Colorado are reportedly dismayed to learn their local dealer won’t stock them.
Will Toor, transportation program director for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project — an organization devoted to improving energy efficiency in a six-state region — isn’t pleased.
“Despite the fact that Colorado has some of the strongest consumer demand for electric vehicles, most car manufacturers don’t sell all their electric models here,” Toor said. “States that have adopted zero emission standard get up to three times as many models. The new plug-in hybrid Subaru Crosstrek is a great example.”
No ZEV law, no Crosstrek plug-in. That’s what Subaru meant when it described the model’s “limited availability.” It’s still better than BEVs like the Honda Clarity and Hyundai Ioniq, which, for now, only reside in California (or in the case of the Clarity EV, California and Oregon.)
Buyers in many other states, however, will get their wish. They include California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Surely, demand will be fierce in Portland and Burlington. You’re out of luck if you live north of the border, though Subaru Canada claims its parent corp. is considering introducing it outside of the U.S., Autotrader reports.
A full list of specs and pricing will arrive closer to the lifted hatchback’s on-sale date.