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Volvo gets electrified

06/07/2017
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That’s it! It’s over... As far as Volvo is concerned the love affair with internal combustion is coming to an end.

Volvo announced this week that as of 2019 all new models will either be fully electric or hybrid. In other words, Volvo will only offer electrified powertrains in models that it launches starting in 2019.
Volvo's T8 Twin Engine lineup of hybrid vehicles
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It’s a bold move for a major traditional manufacturer, but it could be an indication of things to come from other car companies.

Volvo has already taken steps to produce electric vehicles. They are planning to release five fully electric vehicles between now and 2019 (three under the Volvo badge and two under their luxury brand Polestar). 

Hakan Samuelsson, President of Volvo, summed up the radical nature of this development succinctly, commenting:

“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car. 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 places Volvo in direct competition with Tesla. Until recently Tesla had largely cornered the electric vehicle market for themselves. But in addition to Volvo they can expect to see a whole lot more competitors on the horizon. Government grants are helping companies such as Renault-Nissan, BMW and VW to make the transition towards electric vehicles.
Volvo expects to stop selling cars relying solely on internal combustion power sometime between 2023 and 2025
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It has been reported that Volvo expects that it will stop selling cars relying solely on internal combustion power sometime between 2023 and 2025.

With this news, it’s clear that Volvo is going ‘all-in’ on the electric vehicle revolution. It’s now only a matter of time before petrol and diesel powered Volvos are a thing of the past.

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