Every Volvo car launched from 2019 will have an electric motor, the company has announced, describing the move as “placing electrification at the core of its future business”.
The bold move – the first of its kind in the automotive industry – will mark the end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine.
Volvo’s range of electrified cars will include all-electric, plug-in hybrid and 48-volt mild hybrid models.
While Volvo has pipped its rivals to the post with this announcement, it's expected that all new, large vehicles with internal combustion engines will need electrical assistance - most likely in the form of a 48-volt mild hybrid - to pass future emissions legislation after 2019, meaning that other car makers will need to quickly follow suit.
An industry insider commented: "Brands that only have large vehicles in their portfolio will have no choice but to standardise [48-volt] - but we should be in no doubt that the vast majority of their sales will continue to be of vehicles with internal combustion engines somewhere under the bonnet for the foreseeable future."
Volvo also confirmed 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.
Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson said the three Volvo electric models would be all-new, rather than derived from existing models. R&D chief Henrik Green also confirm the pure electric models would be offered with two battery choices, one for medium power and range and one for high performance power and with a range of up to 310 miles.