Volvo speeds ahead on electrification

Volvo’s fast push to a fully electrified model line-up has continued apace, with the expected rollout of the 2019 S60 T8 next year continuing the automaker’s strategic development. The automaker has stated that all of its models will be available in an electrified form by 2019. In other words, for every standard ICE in its line-up, Volvo will offer an equivalent hybrid, plug-in, or battery-electric vehicle.

As Aaron Cole notes for Green Car Reports, this is a “seismic shift for Volvo, who once relied on diesel powertrains in every model.” Though it has been a noticeable trend throughout the automotive industry, Volvo’s particularly aggressive push into electrification has made waves, especially with its performance Polestar brand. Polestar is set to challenge Tesla and Porsche in the luxury market, according to Thomas Ingenlath, the automaker’s CEO. However, Polestar is not the only Volvo affiliate to produce battery electric vehicles—its parent company is set to release a full electric “soon” according to its R&D Chief Henrik Green. Read more.

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