Volvo Cars to go all electric by 2019
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Volvo Cars are known for being innovative since ages and now to keep up with the modern practices has announced that every Volvo it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor. This step is revolutionary as it will headline the end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine (ICE) and it will bring electrification at the core of its future business.
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.
The world is moving towards electrification as people increasingly demand electrified cars. The smart thing to do is to respond to the customers’ current and future needs. Basically, now consumers can pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo they wish.
The Swedish carmaker plans to introduce a range of electrified cars across its models that will consist of embracing fully electric cars, plug-in hybrid cars, and mild hybrid cars.
It 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. Consumers will have to wait for the details for the models as they will be announced at a later date.
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.
In the future, Volvo cars won’t be available without an electric motor, as pure ICE cars are gradually phased out and replaced by ICE cars that are enhanced with electrified options.
This announcement will mean the end of production of cars that are only combustion engine-powered. Volvo Cars estimates the plan to sell 1m electrified cars by 2025. The statement came from the company as – “When we said it, we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”
The announcement highlights Volvo Cars’ commitment to minimizing its environmental impact and making the cities of the future cleaner. The main focus has been placed on reducing the carbon emissions of both its products as well as its operations by the company. The aim is to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025.
The decision also follows this month’s announcement that Volvo Cars will turn Polestar into a new separately-branded electrified global high-performance car company.