Volvo will launch an electric hatchback next year
Volvo is aiming for fully electric cars to make up 50% of its total sales volume by 2025.
The Swedish brand used the Beijing motor show to reveal its intentions of drastically boosting EV output in an attempt to capitalise on shifts in demand from Chinese customers, who are making their country the quickest adopter of electric power.
Government officials are drawing up plans for 20% of new cars in China, which is home to Volvo parent company Geely, to be powered by alternative fuel by 2025 – equal to about seven million units per year.
Volvo said it is aligning itself to appeal to this change with the introduction of an electrified version of every model in its line-up from 2019. Every Volvo will be offered with a mild hybrid, hybrid or battery-electric powertrain option.