All Volvos to have electric motors from 2019

Volvo XC90

Volvo Cars has announced that, beginning in 2019, every one of its models will have an electric motor, making it the first legacy automaker to phase out ICE-only vehicles. In the future, Volvo will offer only three powertrains: pure electric, plug-in hybrid, and mild hybrid, which uses a battery to store energy from regen, or for stop/start functionality.

Volvo also announced that it would launch five pure electric cars between 2019 and 2021 – three under the Volvo brand and two under Polestar, the high-performance subsidiary that has recently been reorganized as an electric sub-brand. The company also aims to make its manufacturing operations climate-neutral by 2025.

Volvo Cars was acquired by the Chinese firm Geely in 2010, and some believe that the new owners are behind the company’s new-found interest in electrification.

“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” said CEO Håkan Samuelsson. “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.”


Source: Volvo via Financial Times

  • Ed

    I realize Volvo plans to use the Polestar as a separate electric brand, so good for them. But to imply that they are going “all electric” (as seen in other press releases) by offering is a 48 Volt mild hybrid is simply false.

    July of 2017 is The Month of The Model 3, so traditional car makers are making press releases to remain relevant at a time when the press will be focused on the first Model 3 deliveries. Maybe this is accurate?:

    • Charles

      Haha, I like that graphic. Big talk about electrification is nothing new. I hope this post made it clear that Volvo will still be producing ICE vehicles. The only change is that they will all incorporate “mild hybrid” tech, something that most automakers are also starting to use.