Volvo to fit electric motors to all cars by 2019


Volvo Cars' T8 Twin Engine Range

Volvo has announced that all of its new models will have an electric motor as standard by 2019.

It has also stated that it intends to introduce five new fully electric models between 2019 and 2021. Two of these models will be developed by Polestar – Volvo's performance division.

From 2019, all of its new vehicles will have a petrol or diesel engine mated to an electric motor to create a hybrid, or will be fully electric.

The Swedish marque also says that this is the beginning of the phasing out of all combustion engine vehicles produced by the company.

Volvo president and chief executive Håkan Samuelsson, said: "This is about the customer. 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.

"This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car. Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of one million electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it."

Volvo has already explored electrification in its XC90, S90 and V90 models, with the T8 variation.

This plug-in petrol hybrid can work under 30mph on electric power alone and uses the braking system or plugging into the grid to help recharge the batteries. It also uses a combination of both a four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor in normal driving.

Together they work with a turbocharger and supercharger to produce 400bhp and more than 640Nm of torque.