Volvo to ditch diesel mills

By 2019 the Swedes aim to have 50 per cent of their global sales com­ing from hy­brids and elec­tric ve­hi­cles. Talk about bold com­mit­ments

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VOLVO CARS HAVE TAKEN A BOLD step to not de­velop diesel en­gines to power its cars from 2019 on­wards for global mar­kets. This is a part of the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion strat­egy that the com­pany an­nounced last month at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. With a stated aim to bring in 50 per cent of all global sales from EVs and hy­brids by 2025, the move to do away with diesel pow­er­trains starts with the new S60 sedan. The car will be avail­able with a range of 4-cylin­der petrol en­gines, an all-elec­tric drive and two petrol plug-in hy­brids. A mild hybrid will also ap­pear next year. The S60 is built on the com­pany’s Scal­able Prod­uct Ar­chi­tec­ture (SPA) plat­form that also un­der­pins Volvo’s 60 and 90 se­ries ve­hi­cles.

Håkan Sa­muels­son, pres­i­dent and CEO, Volvo Cars said, “Our fu­ture is elec­tric and we will no longer de­velop a new gen­er­a­tion of diesel en­gines. We will phase out cars with only an in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine, with petrol hybrid ver­sions as a tran­si­tional op­tion as we move to­wards full elec­tri­fi­ca­tion. The new S60 rep­re­sents the next step.” Volvo has also an­nounced its tie up with Google for en­hanc­ing its Sen­sus in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem.

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