From 2019, every new Volvo product will either be propelled exclusively by – or in conjunction with – an electric motor, the Swedish manufacturer announced on 5 July 2017. The development is momentous because Volvo has taken the initiative to publicly set a deadline from which no more cars that operate exclusively with internal combustion engines will be launched...
The announcement represents one of the most significant moves by any car maker to embrace electrification and highlights how, over a century after the invention of the internal combustion engine, electrification is paving the way for a new chapter in automotive history.
“This is about the customer,” says Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO. “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.”
Volvo Cars will introduce a new portfolio of electrified cars across its model range, embracing fully electric cars (BEV), plug-in hybrid cars (PHEVs) and mild hybrid cars.
Pure internal combustion-engined cars phased out
First, it will launch 5 new fully-electric cars between 2019 and 2021, 3 of which will be Volvo models and two of which will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance brand. Further to that, the 5 cars will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid (48V) derivatives in all model ranges.
This means that there will in future be no Volvo cars that do not feature an electric motor, as pure internal combustion engine (ICE) cars are gradually phased out and replaced by ICE cars that are enhanced with electrified drivetrains.
“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” continues Samuelsson. “Volvo Cars (which aims to have climate-neutral manufacturing operations by 2025) has stated that it plans to have sold a total of one million electrified cars by 2025. When we said it, we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”