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And before this becomes a tires discussion: Thule makes at least one model, and there is an official Subaru OEM part (at least according to their websites). There is also at least one vendor on eBay offering "Guaranteed to fit / Unbranded" installations if you like to live dangerously.

You're better off searching for the type of carrier you want: luggage, bike, sleep-on-top tent, etc.

Just remember: as with an ICE vehicle, anything that increases drag is going to suck range out of your battery, so use with care.
 

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And before this becomes a tires discussion: Thule makes at least one model, and there is an official Subaru OEM part (at least according to their websites). There is also at least one vendor on eBay offering "Guaranteed to fit / Unbranded" installations if you like to live dangerously.

You're better off searching for the type of carrier you want: luggage, bike, sleep-on-top tent, etc.

Just remember: as with an ICE vehicle, anything that increases drag is going to suck range out of your battery, so use with care.
I have had ev-s for the last six years, with bikes, skis and roof boxes on the roof. The consumption increases off course, but not as much as I thought, at least not during average country road speed (On narrow norwegian roads we normally average around +/- 60km/h). On highways it is another story :)

For bikes etc you will get better range by putting them on the tow hitch in my experience..
 

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The options for this kind of thing will likely come from the usual suspects.
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Yalla, there's no hitch receiver option for the Solterra as there is zero towing capacity per the specifications. (sadly)
 

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Yalla is not in North America. Only the North American cars don't have a tow rating. We only have the activity mount. European cars have a tow option.
Thanks for the clarification. I was unaware that outside of North America, one could tow with the Solterra. This is actually something that could be a factor in our household if we ever wanted to go to a single vehicle that was "merely" and EV. I need to be able to tow my 5x8 utility trailer occasionally.
 

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Thanks for the clarification. I was unaware that outside of North America, one could tow with the Solterra. This is actually something that could be a factor in our household if we ever wanted to go to a single vehicle that was "merely" and EV. I need to be able to tow my 5x8 utility trailer occasionally.
Yep I can see it being an issue for a lot of people. I’m still baffled as to why Euro can and NA can’t though. It’s the exact same chassis. Same brakes. Same suspension. Same motors. There must be a slightly different rear impact beam design or something to meat collision requirements maybe in NA? Maybe it can’t accommodate the hitch as a result so we are left with the more basic activity mount? Baffling.
 

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The official description of the US Solterra activity mount:

”The Genuine Subaru Activity Mount features a durable steel construction and mounts to the rear unibody structure of the Solterra. This replaces the rear bumper beam of the vehicle and is designed and tested to be an integral safety component. The mount is not a trailer hitch and not intended to tow a trailer, but does allow you to carry up to 100 lbs. of additional gear.”

Sad, but it sounds like it’s well engineered from a safety point of view.
 

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Was on Thule Canada website today and you can select the Solterra to see what crossbars show up. This is what came up as options (prices are Canadian).

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Thanks for that info. They make good stuff, though not cheap. I will probably go for the Evo, which I believe allows wider bars if needed.

Still curious as to whether it would be doable to install an aftermarket 2 inch hitch (don’t see why it wouldn’t be). I don’t actually want to tow but some of the accessories I would like require 2 inch. For example, I will need to get a hitch mounted spare tire. I have tried using those sealant kits in the back country without success and would not want to risk being off the beaten path without a proper spare. Hopefully Subaru will come out with the wilderness edition. Ideally that would have 18 inch wheels, proper all-terrain low rolling resistance tires, and a full size spare (likely would need to be outside for space reasons). skid plate to protect the battery as well would be nice.
 
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