Every New Volvo Model Will Be Electric or Hybrid by 2019 | Edmunds

Every New Volvo Model Will Be Electric or Hybrid by 2019

Volvo says that, starting in 2019, every new vehicle it produces will be either an all-electric or hybrid model.

As previously reported by Edmunds, Volvo is committed to having 1 million electrified vehicles on the road by 2025, and this latest announcement supports that goal by beginning the phaseout of gasoline-only models.

The Swedish company currently produces six plug-in hybrid models for worldwide sale, including the 2017 Volvo XC90 T8 SUV. Another Volvo plug-in vehicle is expected to debut within a year, and the company's first all-electric model is anticipated in 2019.

Future plans call for Volvo to produce five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will carry the Volvo brand, and two will be high-performance Polestar models. New hybrids will be available as gasoline-electric or diesel-electric plug-in vehicles or 48-volt "mild hybrids." Volvo says that further details about these models will be announced at a later date.

"This is about the customer," said Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo's president and CEO, in a statement. "People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers' current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish."

In May Samuelsson told a United Nations conference that Volvo is changing its overall business model to meet consumer demand, as well as the needs of a changing world.

"We can meet that demand, be a force for change and grow our business at the same time," he said. "I am confident that our next generation of fully autonomous, electrified and connected vehicles will help make the cities of the future cleaner, safer and smarter."

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