Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Volvo Cars announces that all cars launched from 2019 will have an electric motor in them


Volvo car has announced that it will only be launching cars equipped with an electric motor from 2019. What this simply means is that all of its cars will be electrified, either fully electric, plug in hybrid or mild hybrid cars. There would be no more Volvo cars that will only have a combustion engine that burns fossil fuel. It will either be in hybrid form at the very most.


There will be no Volvo cars produced without an electric motor, as pure internal combustion engined cars will be gradually phased out and replaced by the new electrified cars in the forms stated above. The company also has projected to sell a total of 1 million electrified cars by 2025 and they also aim to achieve climate neutral manufacturing operations by then.

Aside from that Volvo Cars will launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo models and two of which will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance car arm, which was recently announced that it will turn into a new separately-branded electrified global high performance car company like certain German manufacturers. Full details of these models will be announced at a later date.

This marks a period of great upheaval in terms of the automobile. Everyone is moving to the next stage, which is alternative forms of fuel and autonomous vehicles. I also can add that automotive manufacturers are also really going green in terms of their manufacturing process too.

Why is all of this happening? Well, I suppose they believe in doing the holistic and correct thing to do which is produce sensible vehicles which are environmentally friendly and also they believe in something called sustainability in all sense of the word - not just economic sustainability. One other key reason Volvo Cars state is that their customers are demanding electric vehicles. I believe this is in their core markets and not mainly in countries like Malaysia. But that being said, after trying out various current generation electrified vehicles, it is the way of the future in terms of efficiency. 
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Volvo Cars to go all electric
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced that every Volvo it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor, marking the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine (ICE) and placing electrification at the core of its future business.

The announcement represents one of the most significant moves by any car maker to embrace electrification and highlights how over a century after the invention of the internal combustion engine electrification is paving the way for a new chapter in automotive history.

“This is about the customer,” said HÃ¥kan Samuelsson, president and chief executive (above). “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.”

Volvo Cars will introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across its model range, embracing fully electric cars, plug in hybrid cars and mild hybrid cars.

It will launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo models and two of which will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance car arm. Full details of these models will be announced at a later date.

These five cars will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug in hybrid and mild hybrid 48 volt options on all models, representing one of the broadest electrified car offerings of any car maker.

This means that there will in future be no Volvo cars without an electric motor, as pure ICE cars are gradually phased out and replaced by ICE cars that are enhanced with electrified options.

“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” said Mr Samuelsson. “Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1m electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”

The announcement underlines Volvo Cars’ commitment to minimising its environmental impact and making the cities of the future cleaner. Volvo Cars is focused on reducing the carbon emissions of both its products as well as its operations. It aims to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025.

The decision also follows this month’s announcement that Volvo Cars will turn Polestar into a new separately-branded electrified global high performance car company. Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Cars, will lead Polestar as Chief Executive Officer.

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