Watched the video. Very excited. I will be honest, I had written off the Solterra and was looking at the VW ID4 AWD, but I'm not sure I trust (or want to trust) VW after their role in the Dieselgate scandal. It seems like VW's have a propensity for electrical problems/glitches after a few years of ownership. But, I've never owned a VW, so this could be as cliché as the "head gaskets" on a Subaru thing.
That being said, I am curious as to the price point. I've seen some conflict reports of it being offered "around $40k" both after and before federal tax incentives. I could probably handle "after" the Federal Tax Credit so long as there was a state credit that could help drop it down a little more.
I have been doing research regarding charging stations nearby. Fortunately, Electrify America (which unfortunately is a VW subsidiary) is within walking distance of my house, between 1/2 and 3/4 of a mile? It's located at a nearby shopping mall where I usually frequent for groceries anyway. I have zero issues with me using the EA to supplement my 120V charging I have outside my house currently.
As I've said in some other threads, my commute is either 10 miles through a stop-and-go city or a 20 mile ride on a mostly 55-65mph toll highway. Obviously, the city part is annoying, but I would be accepting of that commute to save the tolls as well as the energy from braking.
I kind of like the styling, it's reminiscent of a larger version of a Crosstrek, but without the wagoney caboose of the Outback. I love my Outback, but I have come to the point where I am looking to stop my emissions and do my part to prevent "unnatural" climate change. I also very rarely take advantage of the whole cargo area the Outback has. My wife drives a 3-row SUV, so my car has proven to be largely a commuter for me, and a kid-to-sports/school hauler outside of work in suburban driving environments. Any time we travel as a family with the kids, we're taking her car. While I do occasionally take a longer trip if my work schedule prohibits us from taking a single car, it isn't so far that it would require additional stops for charging. Worst case scenario, during the summer, I am looking at a 50-mile commute each way, and again, with my research, I have various charging locations nearby if I don't want to charge at my destination. According to Electrify America, a 10-minute charge would replenish my entire commute if I was in a pinch.
And, in my opinion, I think the infrastructure is going to get better and better as this is certainly the future in one form or another. Maybe not Lithium Ion batteries, but electric nonetheless. I have EA networks on the way to/from this summer destination as well. I am not the slightest bit concerned over my range. As we adapt as a culture, I also believe we will shift to more renewable energy sourcing to negate the argument that "coal is powering our EVs anyway"
I am just hoping for an AWD EV with Outback/Crosstrek/Forester comparable levels of ground clearance for snow, and around 250-300 miles of range at its peak. I'm willing to deal with a battery replacement every 10 years if I had to. It's not like I'm spending money on oil changes, brake pads (as often), or the other stuff associated with a combustion car.
Here's hoping this is a huge success. I hope to be a part of it. While I recognize that an Outback form factor EV would probably be my ideal car, I do think that people have to at least start in this direction. My goal is that I can buy this EV next year and have it last me until, minimum, when an Outback EV is offered in the 2030's.
Looking forward to more information and a pre-launch event. I would drive up to 90 minutes each direction to see it in person if I had to.