Along with what seems to be the vast majority of vehicle manufacturers, Swedish car maker Vovlo has announced that every model it releases from 2019 onwards will feature some form of electrification.
This doesn’t exactly mean that all of its cars will be fully electric, though. From 2019, it will offer a mixture of pure electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles.
Between 2019 and 2021, Volvo has said it will launch five fully electric models, two of which will fall under the Polestar brand – the firm’s in-house performance division.
Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars, said: “People increasingly demand electrified 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 has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1m electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”
While most people are pretty familiar with the concept of a pure electric vehicle and a plug-in hybrid, a mild hybrid isn’t so well known.
Essentially, a mild hybrid relies on an electric motor to take care of the general running of the car’s systems while it is stopped, braking or coasting.
By using this electric motor to power things like the lights and air conditioning, the regular engine can be switched off to save petrol or diesel and improve fuel economy.
It also means the engine is ready to be switched back on at the drop of a hat.
Volvo already offers a number of plug-in hybrid models, many of which rely on its powerful T8 petrol engine.
These include the XC90 and XC60 SUVs, as well as the V90 and S90 estate and saloon models.