Volvo, the automaker that demonstrated a fleet of all-electric C30x several years ago, is step-by-step moving to plug-in hybrids - first the V60, and now the XC90.
Editor's note: The XC90 has a 9.2 kWh battery pack that provides up to 40 km (25 miles) in the pure electric mode under NEDC conditions - think 17-20 miles on the EPA standard when it arrives in the US later this year.
This is the direction (PHEVs) that will be taken by Swedish company for the next several years.
An all-electric Volvo will be introduced only if the market for BEVs expands, says Volvo.
Lex Kerssemakers, Volvo vice president of product strategy, stated:
“Our focus is the roll-out of our plug-in hybrids. Once there is a more sustainable business case behind full EV we can do it - our platform is scalable and fully flexible. But we must see how the EV business evolves and what pressures there are from fuel efficiency requirements and cities closing borders.”
“With plug-in technology we have some answers now - good efficiency and the option of driving in and out of cities on electric power alone. For now, we can offer the best of both worlds.”