Volvo Announces that All Its Vehicles Will Be Electric or Hybrids after 2019
The auto manufacturer plans to launch five completely electric cars between 2019 and 2021
Volvo Cars has announced that all the vehicles it produces after 2019 will be either electric vehicles or gasoline-electric hybrids.
"This is about the customer," said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. "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 company plans to introduce many electric vehicles across its range of models, including fully electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and mild hybrids (gasoline-electric vehicles whose electric motor helps the gasoline engine to propel the vehicle rather than propelling it itself, as plug-in hybrids do).
Volvo and Polestar Go Electric
Volvo intends to launch five completely electric cars between 2019 and 2021. Three of these will be Volvo models, while the other two will be high-performance vehicles under Polestar, the company's performance vehicle branch.
In addition to these five vehicles, there will also be several petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid options for all models.
One Million Electrified Cars
"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."
According to Volvo's press release, these plans highlight the company's commitment to "minimising [sic] its environmental impact and making the cities of the future cleaner."
"Volvo Cars is focused on reducing the carbon emissions of both its products as well as its operations. It aims to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025," the release states.