All Volvos to have electric motors from 2019

All Volvos to have electric motors from 2019
Cars which use conventional engines alone are to become a thing of the past for iconic Swedish manufacturer Volvo.

Becoming the first traditional carmaker to make such an announcement, Volvo says all of its models produced from 2019 will contain either an electric or hybrid engine.

In unveiling what he describes as a “very flexible concept”, Volvo president Hakan Samuelsson says its future stable represents “a car for the UK”.

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Between 2019 and 2021, Volvo Cars will launch five fully electric cars – three branded Volvos and two from its high-performance arm Polestar.

By making the announcement Volvo says it is underlining its commitment to minimising its environmental impact – having committed to climate-neutral manufacturing by 2025.

An estimated 12,000 early deaths a year in the UK come as a result of air pollution, with the vast majority of regions far exceeding the legal European Union limits for nitrogen dioxide, the key pollutant which mainly comes from diesel engines.

From early 2018, the London taxi network is to be revolutionised with the introduction of a 24,000 strong fleet of hybrid models. The new London Taxi Company black cabs will run on electric batteries but also have a small petrol engine which prolongs their range.

Mr Samuelsson says his firm’s initiative “marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car”.

“The infrastructure for charging is a limitation but I think we have this twin engine which is much more suitable. If you have a garage of your own you can charge it overnight. I think it's a car for the UK.”

He added that: “When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”

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Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation, said: "This is a bold move by Volvo whose reputation for producing solid, workaday cars can mask a long tradition of being automotive innovators.

"The announcement marks the beginning of the end of the company's relationship with fossil fuels.

"While the leap to pure electric vehicles might still be too much for many motorists, hybrids have become increasingly commonplace with around 320,000 of them on Britain's roads at the end of last year - 10 times the number of battery-only cars."

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