PHEVs Across the Entire Line and a Battery EV for Sale in 2019
Volvo Cars is proclaiming “one of the automotive industry’s most comprehensive electrification strategies,” pledging to introduce plug-in hybrid electric vehicle technologies across its entire range, with a fully battery electric car to be available for sale in 2019.
The Swedish car company said it expects electrified vehicles to account for as much as 10% total car sales in the medium term.
The first element of the new electrification strategy, Volvo says, involves the introduction of plug-in hybrid versions of its 90- and 60-series larger cars, based on the company’s new SPA/Scalable Product Architecture. “This process has already begun 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 forthcoming models,” states a release.
‘Designed from the Outset for Electrification’
Volvo says it will introduce an entirely new range of smaller, 40-series cars based on CMA, its newly-developed Compact Modular Architecture, “which, like SPA, has been designed from the outset for electrification.”
“This makes Volvo Car Group one of very few car makers in the world with two brand new vehicle architectures designed to support both plug-in and pure electric powertrain configurations,” states the electrification announcement.
10% EVs Reiterated
“We believe that the time has come for electrified cars to cease being a niche technology and enter the mainstream,” said Volvo Cars President and CEO Håkan Samuelsson.
“We are confident that by 2020, 10% of Volvo’s global sales will be electrified cars.”
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Source: Volvo Car Group with Fleets & Fuels follow-up