Volvo Cars has announced that every vehicle it launches from 2019 will have some form of electrified powertrain, placing electrification at the core of its future business.
It will introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across its model range, embracing fully electric cars, plug-in hybrid cars and mild-hybrid cars.
Exisiting models will retain the powertrains already availble during their lifecycle.
Five fully-electric cars will be launched between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo models and two of which will be high-performance electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance car arm. Full details of these models will be announced at a later date.
These five cars will be supplemented by petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid models.
But not all vehicles will be able to be plugged in. The rest of the range will feature a mild-hybrid 48-volt system instead - likely to be a form of regenerative starter motor.
“This is about the customer,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “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.”
The announcement, it says, underlines its commitment to minimising its environmental impact and making the cities of the future cleaner. Volvo Cars is focused on reducing the carbon emissions of both its products as well as its operations. It aims to have climate-neutral manufacturing operations by 2025.
“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” said Samuelsson. “Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of one million electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”
The decision also follows this month’s announcement that Volvo Cars will turn Polestar into a new separately branded electrified global high-performance car company. Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president design at Volvo Cars, will lead Polestar as chief executive officer.