Volvo is unplugging gas-only engines. It will switch to a fully electric and hybrid lineup starting from 2019.
While it isn’t entirely pulling the plug on the combustion engine, all new cars will either have a hybrid or fully electric battery engine. In fact, it plans to launch five all-electric cars between 2019 and 2021. Three under the Volvo brand and two under its performance Polestar brand.
Powertrains that aren’t fully electric will use the twin-engine system with both a gas combustion and battery power. Volvo sees this step as moving towards an all-electric lineup which it says is the future of the company. It also views this shift as a commitment to lessening its carbon footprint and taking care of city air quality.
‘New’ is the trick word. Note ‘launches’ in the below statement, indicating that cars still running out their generation (about 5 – 7 years) will continue. They will discontinue past that point for new battery systems.
“Every Volvo [Volvo Cars] launches from 2019 will have an electric motor, marking the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine and placing electrification at the core of its future business,” Volvo said in a statement.
Volvo’s plans line up with China’s push for all-electric vehicles and the Chinese ownership of Swedish Volvo. It is also aware of the emissions from manufacturing and is moving towards climate neutral production by 2025. The automaker plans to reach the one million mark in terms of global EV sales by 2025.
Right now Volvo has its separate Polster performance Hybrid line. Last month Volvo told us Polestar will branch off into a separate brand for top-of-the-line performance electric supercars.