Volvo range to be electrified by 2019
Volvo have announced that every car it launches from 2019 will have some form of electric propulsion. This is one of the most significant moves from a car maker to embrace electrification.
“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 will launch five new fully-electric models between 2019 and 2021, three being Volvo branded and two coming from Polestar, Volvo's recently announced high-performance electric division.
These five will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel hybrid and mild hybrid 48 volt options on every single model. This means there will be no future Volvo cars existing without an electric motor, as pure ICE (internal combustion engine) cars are gradually phased out in favour of electrified ICE cars.
“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” said Mr Samuelsson. “Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1m electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”
Clearly Volvo takes its commitment to minimising environmental impact seriously, and good on them. We need more of these no-nonsense policies to keep our planet ticking over without the involvement of a mass-extinction or mini-ice age. Plus, we know how potent electric power can be thanks to the likes of cars like the McLaren P1. I, for one, can't wait for that to trickle down into the mainstream - maybe Volvo will be the one to bring it to us?