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
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.