- 5 July 2017
- Transport / Logistics Services
Swedish automakers Volvo Cars have announced that every model of Volvo the company launches from 2019 is to have an electric motor.
The company said in a statement that this will “mark the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine (ICE) and placing electrification at the core of its future business”.
“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.”
Volvo Cars is to focus on producing a mix of fully electric (BEV), plug in hybrid (PHEV) and what it terms ‘mild hybrid’ cars.
In addition Volvo have said that it will launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021. Three of these will be Volvo models and two will be high performance BEVs from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance car manufacturers.
While Volvo aren’t famous for making delivery vehicles of LCV size, EVs are going to be a major segment of the delivery fleet worldwide. Volvo is supported at home by the Swedish government and a view at home that the environment really matters. It is a major global player in car sized vehicles, and this is a move that people should take note of. With BMW recently announcing a range of PHEV drivetrains to go in its vehicles, it seems that the EV revolution is starting to take centre stage.
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