Volvo Cars has announced every car it launches from 2019 will be fitted with an electric motor, marking the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine (ICE) and placing electrification at the core of its future business.

The announcement represents one of the most significant moves by any car maker to embrace electrification and highlights a new chapter in automotive history, over a century after the invention of the internal combustion engine.

The company’s president and chief executive officer Håkan Samuelsson said the move is all about the customers.

“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,” he said.

Volvo Cars will introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across its model range, embracing fully electric cars, plug in hybrid cars and mild hybrid cars.

It will launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo models and two of which will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance car arm, full details of which would be announced at a later date.

These five cars will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug in hybrid and mild hybrid 48 volt options on all models, representing one of the broadest electrified car offerings of any car maker.

This means that there will in future be no Volvo cars without an electric motor, as pure ICE cars are gradually phased out and replaced by ICE cars enhanced with electrified options.

Samuelsson added that the announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car.

“Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1m electrified cars by 2025.

“When we said it we meant it; this is how we are going to do it,” he said.

The announcement underlines the company’s commitment to minimising its environmental impact and making the cities of the future cleaner.

Volvo Cars is focused on reducing the carbon emissions of both its products as well as its operations, and aims to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025.

The decision also follows this month’s announcement that Volvo Cars will turn Polestar into a new separately-branded electrified global high performance car company which will be led by Volvo Cars senior vice president design Thomas Ingenlath as chief executive officer.


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