In a bold and surprising move, Volvo Cars has announced that every new Volvo model to be launched from 2019 onwards will feature some form of electrification, marking an end to pure internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.
Volvo’s new portfolio of electrified cars will include pure electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and regular hybrids. These cars will still be primarily powered by petrol and diesel engines, but since all of them will be accompanied with electric motors, Volvo looks to be the brand with the broadest range of electrified cars in the market.
Five pure EVs have been slated for launch between 2019 and 2021, three of which are Volvos and the remaining two will be high performance EVs from Polestar, which will be the first full EV to be assembled in China. Full details of these models will be announced at a later date.
The push for electrified vehicles is driven by Volvo’s commitment to minimising environmental impact and reducing carbon emissions for a cleaner future. The company also aims to achieve climate neutral (little to no impact onto the environment) operations by 2025.
Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars said, “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car. Volvo Cars plans to sell a total of one million electrified cars by 2025, and we mean it. This is how we are going to do it.”