Back in March, Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson said that the Swedish automaker is is focusing more on the development of electric cars. At the same time, he added that they see no future in turbodiesels. It appears that Volvo is staying true to their words after Samuelsson said that they have stopped development on diesel engines.
As emission regulations become more stringent in the West, Samuelsson said that there is no way diesel engines will remain competitive when it comes to lowering carbon and NOX emissions. In an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the CEO said that the cost of lowering emissions for the said engines have become too expensive. He did, however, add that the current range will still get updates and improvements until the stricter rules come into play.
"We have just launched a brand new generation of petrol and diesel engines, highlighting our commitment to this technology. As a result, a decision on the development of a new generation of diesel engines is not required," said Samuelsson.
The current Volvo diesel engine range has been around since 2013. Dubbed the VED4 and VED5, the engines come in four or five cylinder configurations. These engines are seen throughout the current Volvo lineup from the V40, all the way to the XC90. Samuelsson adds that these turbodiesels may linger on until 2023.
As for their push towards electric vehicles (EV), Volvo is currently making platforms for EVs and have developed some of their current models to accommodate plug-in hybrid tech.The Swedish automaker is currently using a twin-engine set-up, as seen in the XC90 T8 PHEV, S90 T8 PHEV and V90 T8 PHEV. This set-up utilizes a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that powers the front wheels and a powerful electric motor to drive the rear.Volvo aims to release their first all-electric car by 2019 with a goal of one million EVs sold by 2025.
Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung via Automotive News