Volvo pledges to do away with all conventional combustion engines by 2019
Volvo has announced that every car it launches from 2019 onward will have an electric motor, marking a historic end for cars that only have an internal combustion engine.
Volvo is placing electrification at the core of its business model.
The announcement represents one of the most significant moves made by any car manufacturer to embrace electrification.
Thus, a century after the invention of the internal combustion engine, electrification is paving the way for a new chapter in automotive history.
Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo chief executive says, “This is about the customer, people increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs.
“Customers can already pick and choose from a range of electrified Volvo cars, we aim to expand on this.”
Volvo will introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across all of its model ranges, embracing fully electric cars, plug-in hybrid cars and mild-hybrid cars.
They will launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo models and two of which will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar.
Full details for these models are yet to be announced.
These five cars will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid car models, representing one of the broadest electrified car ranges from any manufacturer.
Samuelsson continues, “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car, we have stated that we have plans to sell a total of one million electrified cars by 2025.
“When we said it we meant it, and this is how we are going to do it.”
The announcement underlines Volvo Cars’ commitment to minimising its environmental impact and making the cities of the future cleaner.
This announcement comes shortly after the Volvo XC60 won the title of ‘best premium SUV' for its low-emission electric-hybrid engine and safety tech.
You can check out this impressive SUV here.
The company is also focussing on minimising their environmental impact during the manufacturing process.
Volvo aiming to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025.