Volvo announced that sale of its all-electric car will start in 2019. Producer didn’t specified any details in the statement, but it’s known that this plan is part of the bigger strategy of the Swedish producer to enlarge the number of plug-in cars in its lineup over the next couple of years. New strategy will also increase up to 10 percent of sales in the medium term.
Volvo previously previewed a pair of concept cars built on the platform that will support its first all-electric vehicle to go into production. Pair will includes the 40.1 crossover utility vehicle and 40.2 four-door sedan, and design was made to support electric powertrains from the start. Both concepts use the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform for smaller cars, which complements the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform used for larger models.
Volvo also plans to expand its lineup of plug-in hybrids.
The proliferation of plug-in hybrid powertrains will start with Volvo’s larger models.Volvo CMA modular compact car platform Volvo CMA modular compact car platform Volvo already offers the XC90 T8 “Twin Engine” plug-in hybrid SUV, and says it will offer a similar powertrain on the upcoming S90 full-size luxury sedan. In the XC90, the Twin Engine powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that’s turbocharged and supercharged, along with a rear-mounted electric motor for all-wheel drive.
The carmaker says it will also offer plug-in hybrid versions of its “60” models, which currently include the S60 sedan, V60 wagon, and XC60 crossover.Volvo currently sells a V60 plug-in hybrid in Europe that uses a diesel through-the-road setup. In addition, Volvo will use plug-in hybrid powertrains with its new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) for small cars.
Volvo’s interest in plug-in hybrids will likely extend to performance models as well. When it announced the acquisition of tuner Polestar this past summer, it said that future Polestar models will incorporate plug-in hybrid technology.