Volvo: Every Car Launched From 2019 On Will Have Electric Motor – 5 New BEVs Coming

5 months ago by Mark Kane 44

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.

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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

One million all-electric and plug-in hybrid Volvos are expected to be sold by 2025.

“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

Hat tip to alohart!

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44 responses to "Volvo: Every Car Launched From 2019 On Will Have Electric Motor – 5 New BEVs Coming"

  1. ANewHope says:

    Power & efficiency… What more can someone want? I recognize that maybe in the package of a corolla the cost/benefit might not be appealing to that demographic, but all luxury manufacturers should be doing this, as technology advances and cost decreases, roll it out to the lower models.

    Hello anyone at toyota/Lexus, Honda/Acura paying attention??

    1. Tech01x says:

      What power?

      The Volvo XC90 T8 has a 87hp rear motor and a 46 hp front motor. It can glacially get to 60 mph, somewhat embarrassingly slower than a Prius. And the range is around maybe 8-10 miles.

      The range is so low that one wonders if the buyers even bother plugging them in. Which means all the embodied carbon is wasted if they don’t have a high enough percentage of electric drivetrain use. I think too many people will treat these low mileage PHEVs as mild hybrids.

      1. unlucky says:

        I know someone who has one and they do plug it in even though they don’t get even 8 miles due to not living in a flat area.

        I figured they just got it so they could get a California HOV sticker.

        Giving a HOV sticker to a car with “0-13” miles EV range is perhaps setting the bar too low. IMHO.

      2. ANewHope says:

        It is not just what they have done but where they say they are going. We all know tesla performance. Volvo gets it. Did you guys not notice the part about Polestar all electric performance vehicles? I guarantee Polestar will not be slow and will get more than 10 miles all electric range.

        Lexus, Acura (also Cadillac, Lincoln, genesis, etc) should all immediately move to be luxury electric performance brands.

      3. pjwood1 says:

        What you’re saying isn’t what people are going to experience, Tech01x. A big car, like the XC90 with a 9KWh battery means engine+battery performance is the “take it or leave it” way to judge the car. On that front, its better than Volvo’s other (weird) 4-cylinder only options.

        I’m coming back to this story because of “Hybrid”. OK, so all Volvo’s cars will at least feature hybrid tech, in 2019. That’s sort of an escape hatch from this “abandoning the gas engine” shout from the roof-tops, yesterday.

        Hybrid, or mild hybrid, are weak sauce when it comes to replacing gas miles. Mild hydrid, some may remember, was long ago to be this intermediate step between the costs of a hybrid, and a plug-in hybrid’s much bigger battery. You don’t plug it in, at all. It basically failed, as an idea and looks queer to be coming back in this announcement. Why go to mile hybrid if $/KWh are <$200 and no longer $1,000?? Why come up with the parts bins to make your sunroof motors, a/c, etc, etc, run on 48V instead of 12V if it looks like you'll be taking a solo flyer and won't be able to source them from shared suppliers?

        Some of Volvo's announcement makes no sense to me.

  2. William says:

    Who will be the last, of the Legacy auto manufacturers, to follow Volvo into the Hybrid/PHEV/EV future. No more ICE only Vehicles, is going to be tough act to follow for Truck manufacturers. Ford will probably be the final holdout, in clutching to the ICE only Truck platform here in the US.

    1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

      My money is on Mazda to be dead last.

      1. DJ says:

        They’ll probably mate it to a rotary engine too 😀

      2. ANewHope says:

        A previously well loved RX-7 (ahem, used) was my first car. Mazda and their zoom zoom will always be special to me, but you are on the money.

  3. Josh Bryant says:

    “Volvo Cars intends to be the first “premium car maker” to introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across its entire model range.”

    First after the obvious exclusion of the automaker with the moniker “Premium Electric Vehicles.”

    Smart is headed this way also and could beat them to it. Not sure Smart is counted as premium though.

    1. Hauerg says:

      No it isn’t.

  4. Tech01x says:

    Finally. They should already have been doing this.

    However, light hybrids and low range PHEVs are still not going to be all that interesting. But at least they are doing something.

    The other major automakers better get a move on.

  5. Kosh says:

    “Volvo Cars intends to be the “first premium car maker” to introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across its entire model range.”

    I think Tesla already has that title?

    Or did you leave out “Legacy foot dragging” in there? 🙂

    1. James says:

      Tesla is not premium, Volvo is

      1. Alan says:

        Cue the Branch Tesladians !

      2. Mike says:

        I used to own a Volvo 850. It wasn’t “premium” by any definition.

        1. Hauerg says:

          When did you own it?

          In 1993 it was.

      3. Terawatt says:

        IDK why it’s considered premium in the US. It’s only after it became Chinese that it’s gone upmarket in Europe. Back in the day they were known in Europe mainly for their good safety (relative to other cars at the time) and poor handling (by any standard).

        Their best-sellers back then certainly was not premium in any way, shape or form. Google Volvo 240 ffs.

    2. Bacardi says:

      Keyword is “portfolio”…For better clarity, they should have added “in addition to traditional”…

  6. Someone out there says:

    As it should be. Won’t be long until they drop the ICE completely I think.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      In no time, their hybrids should be breaking 40mpg, so long as it’s warm outside.

  7. mm says:

    The incredible complexity of a small 4-cyl motor with dual turbochargers, inter-coolers, 10 speed transmissions, variable camshafts and on and on trying to lug a huge SUV around.
    I love my simple Leaf.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      A dealership’s gotta live. We’ll see how this works out, and what franchises will do when faced with falling service revenue. First, Volvo has to price the cars. They get ~$15k more for 9KWh. No telling how much they’ll ask for 40, or 60, or where people will charge them…

      If TSLA’s dive, yesterday was because of Volvo’s announcement, it’s a buy right now.

  8. Mr T says:

    Nevs was the first premium one!!
    http://www.nevs.com

  9. unlucky says:

    Volvo doesn’t make a EREV right now. Not a single car which is fully functional without activating the ICE. And they’re claiming the upper hand here?

    They must have hired their marketing crew from Germany.

    1. Hauerg says:

      At least the CEO and (now former) chief designer.

  10. Nix says:

    Nice! I like it! ♂

  11. Bacardi says:

    Volvo is owned by the Chineese Zhejiang Geely Holding Group…Both China and Sweeden are very EV friendly so this is why its happening…

  12. Loboc says:

    Cadillac announced something similar a few years back. Every model will have a ‘check box’ if you want PHEV. However, they failed badly with the XT5. And the CT6 PHEV is missing a few key features. Now, they just regurgitated the old XTS Caddy with a CT6 look.

    Maybe Volvo will get it right.

    http://media.cadillac.com/media/us/en/cadillac/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2017/jun/0619-xts.html

    1. unlucky says:

      I don’t see that at that link. But I expect that given similar strategies both are expecting to fulfill them in similar ways. 48V integrated starter/generators are an easy “check box” item for both companies. And they’ll produce the same milquetoast results for both.

      These add-on 48V systems will actually be inferior to the Voltec system in the CT6. So get ready for watered-down plugins from both companies. That is where they don’t just fail to even offer anything as we saw with the XT5.

  13. cab says:

    I am definitely looking forward to test driving the new 400 hp XC60 T8. Even though I fear the EV driving “experience” will be pretty lackluster…the rest of the car might make up for it and be an ideal replacement for our 325 hp 2012 XC60 R Design.

  14. Mister G says:

    YAWN

  15. Brave Lil' Toaster says:

    I’ve seen several predictions based on the cost of batteries and where they’re going, that a full-electric drivetrain will be cheaper to produce than a gas drivetrain by 2025.

    So while Volvo is trying to present themselves as forward-looking at this point in time, the automakers with actual full-electric drivetrains will very likely be so far ahead of them that they’ll still be at a disadvantage when 2025 comes around.

  16. mn says:

    Pure electric Range?

  17. Jason says:

    Maybe the drive train is the easy part, even conversion vehicles seem to be reasonably inexpensive and have decent range. Maybe the real value will be what else you can offer.

    It is hard to look past Tesla in this regard. Quickest 0-60 production vehicle that is reasonably affordable. OTA updates for the whole vehicle, including drive train upgrades that improved performance. Auto Pilot driving assistance that basically takes control of mundane driving tasks in specific situations, improving with OTA updates. Electric door handles (Jaguar iPace appears to be copying), electric doors, electric tail gates. Pre heat/cool the cabin. GPS aware driving aids such as changing the ride height for rough terrain. Large LCD and LCD dash for improved access and future enhancements. Responsive company that listens to it’s customers and can actually respond via OTA updates when a great idea is submitted. Oh, and fully electric drive train that delivers significant range for every available model, designed from the ground up.

    Contrast that to every other manufacturer and they might have some of these features, but I don’t think any have all of them. The canny buyer is now looking for more of these features and regardless of brand loyalty it will get harder to ignore that your vehicle doesn’t have a lot of these features when the opposition does.

    1. unlucky says:

      You can’t get a P-series Tesla (P100D) for under $140K (that’s for a model S). $140K is not “reasonably affordable”.

      Tesla says 215 miles range per charge for the Model 3 on their web page now. Is that new?

  18. Bob Nan says:

    Great job Volvo.
    I guess that 48V mild hybrid will involve only Gasoline/Petrol engine and no Diesel.
    In fact that Diesel plugin option can be removed as it will add the cost to the vehicle. Let’s say it adds $3,000 and for that cost another 12 – 14 KWh of battery can be added which could power the vehicle for another 35 – 45 miles.

    1. Mr. M says:

      So you think a BEV with 80 miles range is better than a PHEV with 30+300 (electric/gasoline) miles range? I don’t think so.

  19. fasteddie2020 says:

    Hmmmm…..I realize Volvo plans to use the Polestar as a separate electric brand, so good for them. But to imply that they are going “all electric” as seen in other press releases is simply false, if what you are offering is a 48 Volt mild hybrid.

    I think what is happening is that in here in The Month of The Model 3, traditional car makers are making press releases to remain relevant in a month in which the press will be focused on the first M3 deliveries. See here:

    1. Terawatt says:

      All electric is just as wrong for any PHEV. Because they aren’t all-electric. Yet Americans with their tiny brains don’t understand this.

  20. Terawatt says:

    Hate to break it to you, Volvo, but the first luxury car maker to go electric across its entire range did it in 2008. That range has since expanded and you may have heard of them: Tesla Motors.

    1. Mister G says:

      Well most Americans don’t understand CO2 ppm data that is screaming YOU RE IN TROUBLE

    2. unlucky says:

      “luxury”

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