15.5.2018No new diesel models from Volvo
Volvo has announced that it no new models will be launched with a diesel engine, as the Swedish firm continues to focus in its electrification efforts. The new S60 will be the first model for many years to not be offered with a diesel option.
The company's chief executive and president, Hakan Samuelsson, said: "Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines
"We will phase out cars with only an internal combustion engine, with petrol hybrid versions as a transitional option as we move towards full electrification. The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment."
Mr Samuelsson is quoted as telling the Financial Times, ahead of its Future of the Car event today (Wednesday 16th May): "We're not saying diesel is more dirty, but it's more complicated and more expensive. He went on to say that lower fuel consumption is the "only advantage of diesel", but that "you can get that back with a mild-hybrid engine".
Mild-hybrid engines are set to replace diesels as a low-cost alternative for fuel efficient units, with plug-in hybrids already available across much of the Volvo range. The company's first pure-electric model is due next year, as Volvo powers ahead with its electrification efforts that are amongst some of the most ambitious in the industry.
Volvo had already confirmed that it would stop development of its diesel units in 2017, shortly ahead of its announcement that will electrify all new models from 2019. Since the XC90 was launched, all new models to go on sale have had a plug-in hybrid option available - or confirmed as due.