Swedish car manufacturer Volvo Cars said it will be phasing out solely combustion engine-powered cars and that every car it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor.
Volvo Cars will introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across its model range including 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.
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.
“This means that there will in future be no Volvo cars without an electric motor, as pure ICE (internal combustion engine) cars are gradually phased out and replaced by ICE cars that are enhanced with electrified options,” said Volvo Cars.
Volvo chief executive Håkan Samuelsson said: “This is about the customer.
“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.”
Volvo plans to turn Polestar into a new separately-branded electrified global high performance car company.
Samuelsson continued: “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car.”
Volvo said the announcement underlined its commitment to minimise its environmental impact and reduce the carbon emissions of both its products and its operations.
The luxury car company also said it is aiming to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025.
Samuelsson added: “Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of one million electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”