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Volvo Lineup to Go Totally Hybrid/Electric by 2019

First Mainstream Company to Completely Eschew ICE-Only Power

Jul 5, 2017
Every new Volvo launched from 2019 on will be electrified in some way, if the company’s latest plan holds out.
According to the Swedish manufacturer, it intends to abandon vehicles powered solely by internal combustion, replacing them with mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or fully electric variants. A statement released by Volvo says this decision marks “the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine” and makes electrification a key focus for the automaker.
Photo 2/5   |   2018 Volvo Xc60 T8 Twin Engine Hybrid Powertrain
The press release elaborates, saying that Volvo will launch five fully electric vehicles between 2019 and 2021. Volvo will supplement the electron-burners with a range of gasoline and diesel-powered plug-in hybrids and 48-volt mild hybrids. Of note, it was reported in May that Volvo would abandon diesel engines, but that no longer seems to be the case.
Photo 3/5   |   2015 Volvo XC90 T8 Front Quarter Charging
Last month, Volvo underscored its commitment to electrification by announcing it would spin Polestar, the brand’s in-house performance arm, into a separate brand that builds high-performance electrified vehicles. Two of those five fully electric models due in the next five years will come from this new Polestar brand.
Volvo Cars President and Chief Executive Håkan Samuelsson said the decision was customer-motivated. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs,” he said. “You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.”
Photo 4/5   |   2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Polestar Badge
One of the most common obstacles to electrification is cost. Although the premium has come down in recent years, hybrids and electrics still tend to cost more than their conventional internal combustion equivalents. Volvo hasn’t said what it will do to prevent that obstacle from driving away potential clients, but its position as a luxury brand should help defray some of the cost somewhat. Someone spending $60,000 on an XC90 will be less put off by a hybrid upcharge than someone considering a Toyota Prius over a Corolla.
Source: Volvo
Photo 5/5   |   2017 Volvo XC90 T8 E AWD Plug In Hybrid Side In Motion 02 E1485191891828

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