KUALA LUMPUR: Volvo Cars, a premium car maker, has announced that its cars launched from 2019 onwards will have an electric motor.
The announcement represents one of the most significant moves by a car maker as it marks the historic end of cars that are equipped with only internal combustion engines by placing electrification at the core of its business.
“This is about the customer. People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to customers’ current and future needs. You can choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish,” Volvo president and chief executive officer HÂkan Samuelsson said in a statement.
Volvo will introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across on all models, embracing fully electric cars, plug-in hybrids and mild hybrids.
The company will launch five fully-electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo models and two high-performance cars from Polestar, Volvo’s performance car arm. Full details of these models will be announced at a later date.
These 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 announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car. Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to sell a total of one million electrified cars by 2025. When we say it, we mean it, and this is how we are going to do it,” Samuelsson said.
The announcement underlines Volvo’s commitment to minimising its environmental impact and making cities of the future cleaner.
It is focused on reducing carbon emissions of its products and operations. It aims to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025.
The decision follows this month’s announcement that Volvo will turn Polestar into a new, separately-branded electrified high-performance global car company. Its senior vice-president design, Thomas Ingenlath, will lead Polestar as chief executive officer.