All new Volvos will feature an electric motor, with or without internal combustion engines
Volvo has announced that every Volvo it releases from 2019 will have an electric motor, meaning that its lineup will consist exclusively of fully electric, plug-in hybrid, and mild hybrid models.
The company wants to place electrification at the core of its future business and stop building models that only have an internal combustion engine (ICE).
The automaker said it would launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be from the Volvo brand and two of which will be high-performance electrified cars from Polestar. Full details of these models will be announced later.
The five all-electric models will be supplemented by a range of gasoline and diesel plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid 48-volt options on all models, giving Volvo "one of the broadest electrified car offerings of any car maker."
As a result, there will be no Volvo cars without an electric motor in the future, as pure ICE cars are phased out and replaced by ICE cars that feature electrification. Volvo plans to have sold a total of 1 million electrified vehicles by 2025, and this latest announcement explains how the company is going to achieve that.
Also by 2025, Volvo aims to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by reducing the carbon emissions of both its products and its processes.
"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."
Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive Volvo Cars