Volvo vows end of combustion-only cars by 2019

  • Radical promises from Swedish automaker
  • No more Volvos with only combustion engine
  • Tough targets set for next-decade cars
VOLVO XC90 Image: Volvo Newspress
VOLVO XC90: Just one of the Volvo models that, soon, will no longer be powered only by a combustion engine. Image: Volvo Newspress

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Volvo Cars has announced that every new Volvo launched from 2019 will include an electric motor and so mark the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine.

Electrification will from then on be at the core of the automaker’s business.

The announcement, Volvo says, brings one of the most significant moves yet by any automaker to embrace electrification and highlights how, more than a century after the invention of the internal combustion engine.

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HåKAN SAMUELSSON: “You’ll be able to choose whichever electrified Volvo you want.” Image: Volvo Cars / Newspress

Electrification. it believes, is paving the way for a new chapter in automotive history.

“This is about the customer,” says Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO. “People are increasingly demanding electric 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 Cars will introduce a new portfolio of electrified cars across its model range, embracing fully electric cars, plug-in hybrids and mild-hybrid cars.

First, it will launch five new fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo models and two high-performance electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance brand.

Full details of these models will be announced at a later date.

Volvo says these five cars will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid (48 volt) derivatives in all model ranges, “representing one of the broadest electrified car offerings of any automaker”.


So, there will in future be no Volvo car which does not feature an electric motor, as pure ICE cars are gradually phased out and replaced by ICE cars enhanced with an electrified drivetrain.

Samuelsson added: “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car. Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a million electrified cars by 2025. When we said it, we meant it… this is how we are going to do it.”

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The announcement underlines Volvo Cars’ commitment to minimising its environmental impact and making cities cleaner. The brand says it is focused on reducing the carbon emissions of its products and its operations. It aims to have climate-neutral manufacturing by 2025.

The decision also follows the June announcement that Volvo Cars will turn Polestar into a new and separately-branded electrified high-performance car company with Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice-president for design, as chief executive officer.


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