Volvo Announces Its Entire Lineup to go Electric Starting in 2019
This week, Swedish automaker Volvo Cars announced in a statement that, beginning with the 2019 model year, every vehicle it launches will have an electric motor. Plans are to offer three kinds of electric powertrains in every new Volvo model launched from 2019 forward: hybrid gasoline-electric; plug-in hybrid; and pure electric. The premium automaker pledges to make its last conventionally powered gasoline or diesel vehicle in 2025, according to Volvo officials.
Between 2019 and 2021, the automaker, which has been owned by China’s Geely Group since 2010, will debut five full or pure electric models—three Volvo models and two performance variants under the carmaker’s Polestar group that will be separated into its own electric high-performance brand.
These five will be added to a portfolio of gasoline and diesel plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid models with 48-volt electric motors and gasoline engines. “Volvo Cars plans to have sold a total of one million electrified cars by 2025,” Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive, said in a statement, confirming Volvo’s commitment to minimizing its global environmental impact by reducing carbon emissions.
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