Demand for electric vehicles encourages Volvo to set “ambitious” target for 2025
21 April 2016

Volvo has set itself a target of producing one million electrified cars by 2025, in a bid to serve the growing demand for battery-powered vehicles.

The Swedish car maker is aiming to produce two hybrid versions of every model in its range, with the first all-electric car expected to appear in 2019.

“It is a deliberately ambitions target,” said Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson. “It’s going to be a challenge, but Volvo wants to be at the forefront of this shift to electrification”.

Volvo says it has been preparing for the move to electric vehicles for five years by developing two platforms, both of which can incorporate hybrid and electric technology, with one for large cars and one for small cars.

The Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform will be used for its 90 and 60 series models, with the soon to be launched 40 series using the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). All of its models will be available with as electrified versions.

Last year, Volvo announced that it would launch an all-electric rival to Tesla, with a range of 325 miles, by 2019. Volvo says the years between 2020 and 2025 are a “period of critical acceptance” for the electric vehicle, as it aims to make electric cars part of the mainstream market.

In March, Tesla unveiled its highly anticipated Model 3, which it also plans to bring to the mainstream market. The Model 3, which boasts a 200-mile range and is priced at an affordable $35,000 in the US, is expected to cost around £25,000 here in the UK.

Cameron Tait

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21 April 2016
One week after Lexus said it has already sold 1m electrified vehicles, Volvo says it has an 'ambitious' target to get there by 2025. Well done boys.

bol

21 April 2016
Toyota and Lexus have said they will not build an electric only car, as they've bet the farm on hydrogen. They make a couple of plugins, but they certainly haven't sold 1m of them.

Go for it Volvo - but please make them meaningful, rather than only doing the minimum electric range necessary for a tax break - you're bigger than that.

21 April 2016
"Volvo wants to be at the forefront of this shift to electrification".. failed already then as VW, Nissan, Telsa, GM, Kia, Renault plus others already have one i.e. well before Volvo have their first one in 2019 at the earliest.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

21 April 2016
Is someone out there build lots of battery factories. I'm sure I read that the Tesla Gigafactory will produce more batteries than the total world output for 2015. This will be enough for 500,000 Tesla cars. So where are all the batteries going to come from? It seemed to take 5 years for Tesla to bring their capacity online.

21 April 2016
Walking wrote:

..... So where are all the batteries going to come from? It seemed to take 5 years for Tesla to bring their capacity online.

Ans:Battery factories. Bosch, Bollore, Siemens, Telsa there are others to.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

21 April 2016
They are making electric, rickshaws, as well.

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