Volvo is walking the talk with its commitment to EVs. As of 2019 all the vehicles they launch will have an electric motor on its own or in addition to an internal combustion engine. “This is a clear commitment towards reducing our carbon footprint as well as contributing to a better air quality in our cities. We are convinced that the future of Volvo is electric, and that’s why we have stated the bold commitment to bring out one million twin-engine cars or all-electric cars on the roads until 2025,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Car Group.
What this means is that every Volvo model produced after 2019 will be either a mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or pure electric vehicle. This is very exciting news for Volvo and for people interested in cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles. It’s also exciting for people–and other auto makers–who want to know how a manufacturer will make the transition to an electric fleet and whether it will be successful.
This announcement didn’t come completely out of the blue. A few weeks before, Volvo announced that it was spinning off its Polestar high-performance division to be its own business — making high-performance all-electric Volvos. So let’s add up all the Volvo news: only electrified vehicles as of 2019, no deaths or serious injuries in a Volvo by 2020, and all Volvo sports cars to be all-electric beginning basically immediately.
Volvo is a brand that inspires a lot of loyalty. It will be interesting to see if fans of the super-safe brand will follow into this new territory, where Volvos are still super safe but also emissions free.—Sara Lacey and KHG