Volvo Cars has announced that every new car it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor, marking the end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine, and placing electrification at the core of its future business. With this announcement, Volvo reiterates its commitment to electrification. ‘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,’ said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO, Volvo Cars.
Volvo Cars 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, Volvo Cars’ performance car arm. These five cars will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug in hybrid and mild hybrid 48 volt options on all models, representing one of the broadest electrified car offerings of any car maker.
From 2019, there will be no Volvo cars without an electric motor, as the internal combustion engine (used on its own) is gradually phased out and supplemented with EVs and hybrids. ‘This 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,’ said Samuelsson.
Volvo Cars remains committed to minimising its environmental impact and making the cities of the future cleaner. The company is focused on reducing the carbon emissions of both its products as well as its operations, and aims to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025.