All Volvo cars to be elec­tri­fied from 2019

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VOLVO Cars has an­nounced that ev­ery car it launches from 2019 will have an elec­tric mo­tor, mark­ing the his­toric end of cars that only have an in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine (ICE) and plac­ing elec­tri­fi­ca­tion at the core of its fu­ture busi­ness.

Volvo will in­tro­duce a port­fo­lio of elec­tri­fied cars across its model range, em­brac­ing fully elec­tric cars, plug-in hy­brid cars and mild hy­brid cars.

It will launch five fully elec­tric cars 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 a range of petrol and diesel plug in hy­brid and mild hy­brid 48 volt op­tions on all mod­els, rep­re­sent­ing one of the broad­est elec­tri­fied car of­fer­ings of any car maker.

In fu­ture, this means that there will be no Volvo cars without an elec­tric mo­tor, as pure ICE cars are grad­u­ally phased out and re­placed by ICE cars that are en­hanced with elec­tri­fied op­tions.

“This an­nounce­ment marks the end of the solely com­bus­tion en­gine-pow­ered car,” said Volvo Cars pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive Håkan Sa­muels­son.

“Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to sell 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.

“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,” he said.

The XC90 plug-in hy­brid is al­ready avail­able in Malaysia.

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