Currently reading: Volvo to focus on plug-in hybrid models, but full EVs also ready
Volvo has electric cars waiting in the wings, but will concentrate on plug-in hybrids until the market's ready
Jim Holder
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1 min read
26 January 2015

Volvo is ready to launch fully electric cars - but won’t do so until market or legislative demand makes it necessary, according to vice president of product strategy, Lex Kerssemakers.

With the firm already focusing on its four-cylinder only engine strategy, and successfully launching plug-in hybrid models including the V60 and upcoming XC90, Kerssemakers says that Volvo is already on target to meet customer requirements.

“Our focus is the roll-out of our plug-in hybrids,” he said. “Once there is a more sustainable business case behind full EV we can do it - our platform is scalable and fully flexible. But we must see how the EV business evolves and what pressures there are from fuel efficiency requirements and cities closing borders.

“With plug-in technology we have some answers now - good efficiency and the option of driving in and out of cities on electric power alone. For now, we can offer the best of both worlds.”

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xxxx 27 January 2015

If not me then

try taking your argument about the plug-in to Volvo, VW, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Renault, Telsa etc I'm sure they'll listen as to how they're all wrong and you're right. Good luck with that
Norma Smellons 26 January 2015

@xxxx

Again, "arguing" is impossible until you have an argument beyond that of pious insult-hurling and speculation. And if by "knowledge" you mean "heavily doctored scientific data dressed up as man-made climate-scaremongering" then I happily refuse to "process" that particular piece of wisdom.
xxxx 26 January 2015

@@norma

As I said we could argue but you don't process knowledge or are in denial of existing plug-ins and the increasing selection of plug-ins. You're probably happy to stay in the dark about global warming and think the way forward is diesel or the hydrogen car(god luck with that, ha ha). Will fuel prices stay low, I doubt it! But then you know best