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Volvo Cars to go all-electric

5 July 2017

Every new Volvo launched from 2019 will feature an electric motor, announced the Swedish manufacturer today in a statement released to the press.

For Volvo this marks ‘the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine (ICE)’ and places electrification at the core of its future business.

The new portfolio of electrified cars across its model range, will include fully electric, plug in hybrid and mild hybrid cars.

“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” says Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo President and CEO. “Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold 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.”

Volvo plans to launch five new fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo models and two will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance brand.

These five new models will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid (48 volt) derivatives in all model ranges.  This will allow the manufacturer to offer one of the broadest electrified car ranges of any car maker.

This means that there will in future be no Volvo cars which do not feature an electric motor, as pure ICE cars are gradually phased out and replaced by ICE cars that are enhanced with electrified drivetrains.

The announcement underlines Volvo Cars’ commitment to minimising its environmental impact and making the cities of the future cleaner.