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Volvo Cars unveils global electrification strategy

VOLVO'S VISION OF THE FUTURE OF ELECTRIC CARS: Volvo is developing a series of battery cars for each of its model ranges and is looking at two years for the first. Images courtesy Volvo Cars
VOLVO’S VISION OF THE FUTURE OF ELECTRIC CARS: Volvo is developing a series of battery cars for each of its model ranges and is looking at two years for the first. Images courtesy Volvo Cars

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Volvo Cars has announced strategies through which a plug-in hybrid will be added to each of its conventional vehicle ranges, an entirely new range of electric smaller cars will be created and a fully electric car will be ready for sale by 2019.

The Swedish automaker expects electric vehicles to account for as much as 10% of total car sales fairly soon.

First will come plug-in hybrid versions of its 90 and 60 series larger cars, a process has already started with the launch of the T8 Twin Engine all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid version of its new XC90 SUV and will continue with plug-in hybrid versions of the new S90 premium sedan and other upcoming models.

ENTIRELY NEW RANGE

Volvo Cars will also broaden the range of plug-in hybrid cars it offers with the introduction of a new front-wheel drive Twin Engine variant.

Also to come is an entirely new range of smaller 40 series cars designed from the outset for battery power which, Volvo says, will make it one of very few automakers with two new vehicle architectures designed to support both plug-in and pure battery configurations.

Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars, told the Corner through a media release: “We believe the time has come for electric cars to enter the mainstream. We are confident that in two years 10% of Volvo’s global sales will be electric.”

Volvo Cars believes that plug-in hybrid cars offer customers the best combination of efficiency, range and convenience.

FOUR DECADES OF LEARNING

Peter Mertens, senior vice-president for research and development, added: “We have learned a lot about how people use electric cars – research has shown that people are driving our Twin Engine cars in electric mode around half of the time so our plug-in hybrids already offer a real alternative to conventional power systems.

“Volvo has learned a lot about battery management after 40 years in electrification, delivering the best range/kilowatt hour in the industry. We’ve come to a point where cost versus benefit calculation is almost positive. Battery technology has improved, costs are going down, and public acceptance of electrification is no longer a question.”

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