Subarus, the automaker’s most popular SUV, will start using a fuel-cell system starting with the 2017 model year, according to Subaru’s website.
The new fuel-cycle system is being developed to provide better fuel efficiency, according an internal memo from Subaru CEO Toru Hirai, and it will be available with the 2018 model year.
It will be called Subaru Energi and it is designed to offer higher fuel efficiency than the current system.
The new fuel cycle system will have three levels of technology: hydrogen, compressed natural gas and electricity.
“The new system will be capable of meeting the higher fuel economy expectations of the new vehicles,” Hirai said.
“As with all electric vehicles, we believe that the electric system is a fundamental component of achieving better fuel economy.”
The fuel cycle will also be better able to meet the demands of older vehicles.
The current fuel cycle is designed for use on passenger vehicles that were designed to run on gasoline.
Hirai also said that Subaru is working on an updated powertrain.
He said Subaru has “intended to introduce an updated version of the 3.5-liter turbocharged inline-six” in the next few years.
This is the third time that Subaru has added a new electric vehicle to its lineup.
The Subaru EJ200, a diesel hybrid, was introduced in 2015.
The first Subaru diesel hybrid was unveiled in 2018.
Subaru also unveiled the new Impreza SUV in 2020.
Subaru is the second-largest automaker by sales after General Motors, with approximately 1.8 million vehicles sold in 2020, according in a Reuters analysis.
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