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Volvo commits to electric future

Volvo commits to electric futu...
From 2019, all new Volvos will include an electric motor
From 2019, all new Volvos will include an electric motor
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From 2019, all new Volvos will include an electric motor
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From 2019, all new Volvos will include an electric motor
The 48 V hybrid option will see a small motor and battery system giving the combustion engine a boost and taking care of auxiliary systems like air con
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The 48 V hybrid option will see a small motor and battery system giving the combustion engine a boost and taking care of auxiliary systems like air con
The electric motor and the combustion engine will both drive Volvo's plug-in hybrid option
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The electric motor and the combustion engine will both drive Volvo's plug-in hybrid option
Volvo will introduce five new battery electric vehicles between 2019 and 2021
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Volvo will introduce five new battery electric vehicles between 2019 and 2021
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Luxury car brand Volvo has followed last year's aggressive EV sales target with a commitment to only launch electrified vehicles from 2019. The company hasn't totally given up on the combustion engine just yet, but has said that no future Volvos will be ICE only – announcing five new pure electric cars and giving the remainder of its range hybrid powertrains.

Volvo, a once Swedish brand that's been owned by China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group since 2010, hasn't quite gone all electric like Smart, but has confirmed that every car it launches from 2019 will include an electric motor.

"This is about the customer, said the company's Håkan Samuelsson. "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."

The new pure battery-electric models will be introduced between 2019 and 2021, and will comprise three Volvo EVs and two vehicles from the company's performance arm, Polestar. No specifications have been released at this early stage. The remainder of Volvo's catalog will be made up of petrol and diesel plug-in hybrids and 48 volt "mild hybrid" options.

"This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car," said Samuelsson. "Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of one million electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it."

The electrified powertrains are detailed in the video below.

Volvo Cars Strong Commitment To Electrification

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3 comments
guzmanchinky
Well, the only problem with electric cars is that most people I know don't have a garage or a convenient place to plug in...
swaan
@guzmanchinky
With larger batteries that won't be a problem - you won't have to recharge every day anyway. You charge at work, at the supermarket, at the cinema, at the car wash and so on.
Tom Lee Mullins
If they have the range similar to gas powered vehicles, recharging times reduced to similar times to refuel a gas powered car and get the price comparable to the gas powered ones, I think it could do well. I think that as batteries and controllers and electric motors improve, it becomes more of an alternative to gas powered cars.