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Volvo Cars’ electric future as it starts to eliminate diesel from range

Volvo Cars’ electric future as it starts to eliminate diesel from range

The new Volvo S60 saloon - to be launched later this spring - will be the brand’s first model to be produced without a diesel engine, highlighting the manufacturer’s commitment to a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine.

All new Volvo models launched from 2019 will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or battery electric vehicle.

The development is claimed to be “the most comprehensive electrification strategy in the car industry” and Volvo Cars was the first traditional car maker to commit to all-out electrification in July 2017.

“Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “We will phase out cars with only an internal combustion engine, with petrol hybrid versions as a transitional option as we move towards full electrification. The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment.”

Last month, Volvo Cars reinforced its electrification strategy by stating that it was aiming for fully electric cars to make up 50% of its global sales by 2025. The announcement was made at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, positioning it as a powerful player in China, the world’s leading market for electrified cars.

The new S60 will initially be available with a range of four-cylinder Drive-E petrol engines as well as with two petrol plug-in hybrid versions. Mild-hybrid versions will follow next year.