Volvo con­firms elec­tric feel

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VOLVO has an­nounced that ev­ery model it launches from 2019 will come with some form of elec­tri­fi­ca­tion.

The pre­mium car man­u­fac­turer says that new cars will ei­ther be fully elec­tric, a plug-in hy­brid or a mild hy­brid. Be­tween 2019 and 2021, five fully elec­tric cars will be re­leased by Volvo, with two of those fall­ing un­der the com­pany’s per­for­mance brand Polestar.

Hakan Sa­muels­son, pres­i­dent and CEO of Volvo Cars, said: “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.

“Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a to­tal of 1 mil­lion elec­tri­fied cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are go­ing to do it.”

The move doesn’t mean that it’ll be im­pos­si­ble to buy a Volvo with­out elec­tri­fi­ca­tion af­ter 2019, though - ex­ist­ing mod­els will con­tinue to be of­fered un­til they’re nat­u­rally phased out.

It also doesn’t mean that all new Volvos will be able to drive around on elec­tric propul­sion alone. A mild hy­brid uses an elec­tric mo­tor that takes over the gen­eral run­ning of the car while stopped, brak­ing or coast­ing so the engine can be turned off to save fuel. It also means the engine is primed to be turned back on when needed.

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