Next-generation XC90 SUV will be their last ICE.
By 2025, 50% of all its new vehicles will be fully electric.
Volvo’s rebirth began over five years ago when the current-generation XC90 SUV was introduced. It heralded a new generation of Volvo vehicles in every way. Now, phase-next is taking off with the introduction of the XC40 P8 Recharge and the news that the next-generation XC90 should be the last to feature an internal combustion engine.
Volvo’s goal of electrifying its entire line-up is not news, nor is that fact that they intend on making 50% of all their new vehicles electric by 2025. What is, in this case, is that Volvo’s popular XC90 luxury will be the last to be powered by petrol when the new version launches in the very near future.
Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson, as reported by uk.news.yahoo.com, said that the internal combustion engine’s end is soon and added: “After that, let’s see—we’ll probably be more and more electric cars. It depends really on how fast customers will want to move, and how quickly electric infrastructure will be built up. Maybe I could answer like this: Our ambition is definitely that we should be fully electric before it is made mandatory by governments.”
If the recently reviewed Polestar 2, which shares many components with the XC40 P8, is a sign of what to expect from Volvo in the near future, the Swedish carmaker may very well find many new followers.