Volvo’s range of Twin Engine models which use a plug-in hybrid
Volvo has announced the radical move to electrify every model launched from 2019, which will include five all-electric cars by 2021
Every Volvo car launched from 2019 will have an electric motor, the company has announced, describing the move as “placing electrification at the core of its future business”.
The bold move – the first of its kind in the automotive industry – will mark the end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine.
Volvo’s range of electrified cars will include all-electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid models.
The premium car maker confirmed it will launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo models and two of which will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance car arm.
These five cars will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug in hybrid and mild hybrid 48 volt options on all models.
“This is about the customer,” said boss 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.
“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car. 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.”
The car maker said pure ICE cars will be gradually phased out and replaced by ICE cars with electrified options, but gave no time frame for this process to complete.
The announcement also underlines Volvo’s commitment to environmental impact, describing itself as “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 decision also follows the announcement last month that Volvo will make Polestar into a new separately-branded electrified high performance car company. Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president design at Volvo, will lead Polestar as Chief Executive Officer.
A number of car makers have set out electrified car strategies in recent years. Some, such as Volkswagen will offer a range of all-electric models which sit alongside non-electric models, while others, such as Citroen, have said electrified variant will form part of its main line-up. Until now, no manufacturer has been so bold to annonce that it will make all of its cars electrified.