Volvo Cars is announcing a bold shift into electrification, as there will be no Volvo cars without an electric motor in the near future - only all-electrics, plug-in hybrids or, at the very least, hybrids.
Volvo Cars' T8 Twin Engine Range - S90, V90, XC60 and XC90 T8 Twin Engine AWD Inscription, Crystal White Pearl
The plan is to go electric from year 2019 on.
Volvo Cars intends to be the "first premium car maker" to introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across its entire model range.
Between 2019 and 2021 the company will offer five fully electric cars - three Volvo and two Polestar performance models.
Beside BEVs, Volvo will introduce these options on all models:
- petrol plug-in hybrids
- diesel plug-in hybrids
- mild hybrid 48 volt options
"The announcement underlines Volvo Cars’ commitment to minimising its environmental impact and making the cities of the future cleaner. Volvo Cars is focused on reducing the carbon emissions of both its products as well as its operations. It aims to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025."
Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive, stated:
“This is about the customer. People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.”
“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car. Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1m electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”
Volvo Battery electric, Pure
Volvo Plug-in hybrid, Twin Engine
The new Volvo XC60 - T8 powertrain
Volvo Mild hybrid, 48 volts
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