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Volvo Charts Path To Becoming An All-Electric Carmaker

Volvo Charts Path To Becoming An All-Electric Carmaker

Volvo has some rather bold plans to when it comes to electrifying its lineup. On Wednesday the Swedish premium automaker outlined said electrification plans even further, declaring that every Volvo launched from 2019 and on will have some form of electrification.

The brand isn’t new to electrified powertrains. Today Volvo already offers a few plug-in hybrid versions of its vehicles, marketed as Twin Engine T8 models. However, the Twin Engine vehicles are not going to be the only electrification that occurs at Volvo. Mild hybrids and pure battery-electric vehicles are also part of the plan.

Although evidence or rumors of the aforementioned mild hybrid system are nonexistent yet, they’re expected to utilize a 48-volt electrical architecture similar to systems rolling out at Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

Both the Twin Engine and mild hybrid systems are going to be bridges to Volvo becoming a brand of all pure electric vehicles. Speaking of pure electric, the brand’s first entirely battery-electric vehicle is slated to launch in 2019 in the form of a compact car with a range of at least 250 miles. They are expected to launch two additional battery-electric vehicles between 2019 and 2021.

All of the above efforts are working toward the goal of selling over one million electrified vehicles by year 2025. Keep in mind Volvo’s global sales in 2016 came in at just over half a million units, meaning this is a rather ambitious plan for them.

It isn’t entirely clear if Volvo is lumping future sales of its upcoming Polestar brand, which is launching as a standalone brand exclusively offering performance oriented electric vehicles.

So far Volvo isn’t disclosing a firm timeline as to when the brand will have an all-EV portfolio.


About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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