Volvo: no new car models without electric motors from 2019

Volvo Cars has announced that every new car it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor. The company said this marks “the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine and places electrification at the core of [its] future business.”

It will launch five 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 car arm. These will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug in hybrid and mild hybrid 48 volt options on all models.

“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” said  Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “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.”

Earlier this month Volvo Cars said it would turn Polestar into a new separately-branded electrified global high performance car company.

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