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Starting with 2019 Volvo to Sell only Electric or Hybrid Cars

Volvo Cars to sell only electric and hybrid models starting with 2019.


Volvo announced that starting with the year 2019, their car models offer will contain only vehicles powered by battery, meaning that they will sell only electric and hybrid cars.

Between 2019 and 2021, the company will introduce five models of electric cars (100% electric) and hybrid models that will combine petrol and diesel engines with electric motors to reduce the emissions and improve the range.

For now, Volvo is the first major car manufacturer that announce such a bold move.

Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo’s CEO, stated “this announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car.”

The company’s decision seems to follow customers’ preferences that have asked electric cars lately.

The move will also help the company to meet its carbon targets for new cars sold in the EU starting with 2020.

Volvo is owned today by the Chinese automotive giant Geely, and already offers five plug-in hybrid models, which can run a few dozen miles on fully electric mode before switching to the conventional engine.

The hybrid models sold by Volvo will cost a bit more than the models using conventional engines (Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrid has today a starting price of $73,000, while the same car with conventional engine has a starting price of only $46,745).

Volvo is not the only carmaker that plans to switch to electric and hybrid models, other car manufactures such as BMW, VW and Renault-Nissan has announced similar plans for electric cars, especially because these green cars are supported by government grants.

The cars produced by Volvo starting with the year 2019 will be based on battery-only (100% electric), or will be plug-in hybrids (cars that will be able to run in pure electric mode for a few dozen miles before switching to the combustion engine).

In May 2017, Volvo announced that they are planning to cease the development of the next-generation diesel engines.

Volvo also announced that the first electric cars produced by the company will be built in China, and other models will be made in the EU and in the U.S.

2019 is pretty close, but Volvo doesn’t know yet what the battery supplier will use for its electric and hybrid models.

However, we are expecting to see similar announcements made by other car manufacturers pretty soon.

A major shift from the traditional combustion engine to the electric motor will significantly reduce the level of harmful emissions released by cars, and this will improve the quality of the air that we breathe every day.

Danny Ovy

Danny Ovy

I am a writer and reporter for the clean energy sector, I cover climate change issues, new clean technologies, sustainability and green cars.

Danny Ovy
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