By: Andy Newbound
The Swedish manufacturer Volvo has released plans to electrify its entire range, and to launch a fully electric car by 2019.
Currently, Volvo has one alternatively fuelled vehicle, but its ‘global electrification strategy’ will see the manufacturer including plug-in versions of its sedans, SUVs and wagons. The strategy comes after an increase in demand for electric and hybrid cars from consumers and the increasing need for low emission vehicles.
Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars said: “We believe that the time has come for electrified cars to cease being a niche technology and enter the mainstream. We are confident that in two years’ time, 10 per cent of Volvo’s global sales will be electrified cars.”
The exact line up has not yet been confirmed, but Volvo has revealed that the transformation towards its effort to produce more fuel-efficient cars has begun with the arrival of the new XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in Hybrid. This 7-seater SUV model has an electric range of around 27 miles and can reach 60mph in 5.6 seconds.
Next for Volvo will be plug-in hybrid sedans, with variations to come for its 60 series and upcoming 90 series.
By 2019, motorists will be able to purchase a fully electric car manufactured by Volvo, though there have been no further updates as to what it will look like or how much it will cost. It has been suggested that if the BEV is released as a sedan, its pricing will be competitive with the Telsa Model S, another stand-alone electric model.
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