The Swedish car manufacturer today announced (July 5) that as of 2019 all its new models will have electric motors. The company has increased its portfolio of electric and hybrid offerings over recent years, but this marks the first time a major auto manufacturer has made an announcement to transition to electric motors in all its vehicles and eventually phase internal combustion engines (ICEs) out of its vehicle lines, making electric vehicles the core of its business going forward.
“This is about the customer,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “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.”
While some of its vehicles will have internal combustion engines (ICEs) its full range of vehicles will feature full EVs, plug-in hybrids and mild hybrid cars.
Further the company said it will launch five full EVs between 2019 and 2021. Three of them will be Volvo models. Two will be high-performance EVs under Volvo’s Polestar brand. The company will release more details soon. The new EV offerings will be supplemented by a range of gas and diesel plug in hybrid and mild hybrid 48-volt options on all of its models as it transitions to an EV fleet.
“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” Samuelsson said. “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.”
Solar could be a central part of charging Volvo’s EVs as well. When Volvo introduced a diesel hybrid a few years ago, it also debuted a concept for a portable solar charger for the vehicle.
Still, other companies are going further in terms of using solar power to charge their vehicles. Earlier this year Panasonic announced that it was making a new solar panel that could partially charge a Prius—or potentially a Tesla. Just this month Lightyear, a new Dutch startup announced that its first, full-sized vehicle could be powered by only the sun for months.
Still, Volvo’s commitment to ultimately ending its ICE production is historic for the automotive industry. The company said it aims to achieve climate-neutral manufacturing operations by 2025.Tweet