Volvo to electrify all new models from 2019

Volvo has announced that every new car it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor as part of the powertrain. The news comes as Volvo continues to prioritise electrification of its line-up, with ambitions to be one of the world's leading electric vehicle manufacturers.

The move is a significant one, especially if you consider that last month Volvo also stated that it would develop no new diesel engines. This means that come 2019, all new models launched will have a conventional hybrid powertrain at a minimum, though plug-in hybrid variants will also be offered across the Volvo range.

Pure electric models are on the way from Volvo too, with five EVs due between 2019 and 2021, and it is expected that there will be no diesel options by early-to-mid 2020s.

Volvo is already working on offering a PHEV option for each of its new models, starting with the XC90. The XC90 T8 TwinEngine is already available, while the V90 and S90 T8 models are confirmed for production. The new XC60 will also get a PHEV variant, as will other 60-Series and 40-Series models as they are announced.

Petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid models will be available initially until the development life of the current diesel unit is completed. Volvo will also offer 48 volt mild hybrid models across the board.

The plans are possible because a few years ago Volvo decided to overhaul its complicated engine line-up and replace it with a new Drive-E system. This uses two core engine blocks - one diesel and one petrol - with varying levels of tuning through turbo and supercharging.

The engines and transmissions were designed from the outset to allow for electrification, with components designed to incorporate electric motors or integrated starter motors. Likewise, it's two platforms have been designed to accommodate any battery packs that might be needed with no loss of internal space.

The process of electrifying its entire fleet will be a natural one, with internal combustion-only models phased out and replaced with electrified versions as each comes to the end of its model life.

HÃ¥kan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars: "This is about the customer. People increasingly demand electrified cars, and we want to respond to our customers' current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.

"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 one million electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it."

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:5th Jul 2017

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