CARS.COM — Volvo is not becoming an all-electric carmaker like Tesla, but the luxury brand announced today that every vehicle rolled out from 2019 on will at least have help from an electric motor.
While Volvo’s news release was titled, “Volvo Cars to go all electric,” its electrified lineup will include mild hybrids and plug-in hybrids as well as fully electric vehicles. There will be no solo internal combustion engines powering new Volvo designs. It’s not exactly the end of the ICE age, but nonetheless, it’s a milestone.
“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion-engine-powered car,” Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. “Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1 million electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”
It will take several years after 2019 for the electrification plan to be complete. Volvo’s lineup has been rapidly renewed in the past couple of years, and the life cycle of these vehicles typically is seven years. But its flagship XC90 SUV, for example, already offers a T8 plug-in hybrid version in the U.S., and the company has T8 plug-in versions of the redesigned S90 sedan, V90 wagon and XC60 compact SUV. At a press conference today, the company said the changeover starting in 2019 could take about five years.