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
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
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.