Volvo Cars has announced that it will make only hybrid and electric models from 2019 and beyond
Time is up for the traditional combustion engine, according to Swedish manufacturer Volvo. As such, the brand has taken the bold (or brave, depending on your opinion of electric vehicles) step of only offering a range consisting of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and solely electric cars from 2019 and beyond and this strategy is part of Volvo’s plan to sell one million electrified vehicles by 2025.
Auto Express has reported that Volvo will release five purely-electric cars between 2019 and 2021. Three will be clad with Volvo badging, and the other two will wear Polestar nomenclature. Volvo’s performance tuning arm Polestar will become an electric only sub-brand within itself, with the aim of Polestar becoming a Swedish Tesla rival.
Future Volvo hybrids will marry a four-cylinder petrol or turbo diesel engine to a 48 volt electric drivetrain. And present, the Volvo XC90 and new XC60 models are offered as hybrids, with “T8” badging, and we can report that performance from the hybrid XC90 T8 R-Design was strong, especially in Performance mode, where the car makes full use of its petrol and electric motor. Select this mode and you’ll find that acceleration isn’t too dissimilar to a V8 Range Rover Sport.
Volvo President and Chief Executive said the push towards vehicle electrification was in response to customer demand “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.”