Starting in 2019, every new Volvo built will have an electric motor beside the internal combustion engine (ICE). This new development marks the end of Volvo cars being solely powered by ICE, placing electrification at its core business.
With it, Volvo will soon introduce an array of electrified cars across its model lineup including plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and mild hybrid automobiles. In addition, the company announced that it will launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021. Three of the cars will be made by Volvo while the other two will be manufactured by Polestar, the company's tuning arm.
“This is about the customer. 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,” said Hakan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars.
In our previous report, Samuelsson said that electrification is the only way forward for automobiles as stricter emissions laws become more apparent. He also noted that diesel will face an uphill battle when it comes to lowering NOX and carbon emissions.
“Looking further down the line, diesel will not be able to help us. Only electrification can. The combustion engine will more and more be combined with hybridization, whether that be diesel or petrol. The next step has to be hybridization and pure-electric cars,” said Samuelsson.
Currently, Volvo is offering a hybrid version of the XC90, S90 and V90 in the form of the T8 model. It is comprised of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that drives the front wheels, along with a rear electric motor that powers the rear wheels.