Volvo to Go All Electric from 2019
Volvo has announced that every car it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor, with the Swedish manufacturer aiming to put electrification at the core of its future business model.
The company is intending to introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across its model range, embracing fully electric cars, plug-in hybrid cars and mild-hybrid cars.
It plans to launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo-badged models and two of which will be high-performance electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo’s motorsport arm that has just been spun off as a separately branded ‘performance’ electric car company.
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.
“This is about the customer,” says company boss, Håkan Samuelsson. “People increasingly demand electrified cars, and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car.”
Samuelsson’s target for Volvo is to have sold a total of 1m electrified cars by 2025.