Every new model launched by Volvo in the next five years will be available in plug-in hybrid form, as the innovative Swedish brand plans to launch a fully electric car by 2019.
‘The time has come for electric cars to cease being a niche technology and enter the mainstream’ said CEO Hakan Samuelsson, who is ‘confident that by 2020, 10% of Volvo’s global sales will be electrified cars.’ A premium performance SUV is likely to be the brand’s first fully electric vehicle, which is expected to offer rapid charging and boast a range of around 325 miles.
In an aim to reach this target, by including a plug-in option for every model launched, customers won’t have to choose a specific model in the Volvo line-up if they would like to make the switch to electric power.
Plug-in models expected to precede this all-electric SUV will be based on the biggest vehicles in Volvo’s current range, including the XC90 and the S90 saloon. The range of compact premiums Volvo intends to launch starting in 2017 will continue the trend of offering a plug-in hybrid option. The manufacturer’s CMA platform has the capability to underpin a plug-in hybrid, so it’s likely that this will be used to create Volvo’s up and coming electric range.
The XC90 is already available as a plug-in hybrid in Sweden, combining 407bhp with well over 100mpg and low emissions of 49g/km CO2.
Volvo believes the period between 2020 and 2025 will be the era in which electric vehicles gain mass-market acceptance, so the big switch needs to happen soon to prepare vehicle networks for future developments and electric vehicle adoption.