Volvo's Tesla rival to spearhead electrified future

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Swedish firm confirms plan to launch a full-electric mid-sized car with 325-mile range by 2019 – along with to sell plug-in versions of all products

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Volvo will launch a mid-size battery-electric car having a range of around 325 miles by 2019.

The Tesla rival, which can be likely to be an SUV rather than saloon, will be a showcase for Volvo’s electrical know-how, with the firm also pledging to launch a plug-in hybrid edition of every brand-new product that will launches inside the next a few years.

According to R&D chief Peter Mertens, the commitment to plug-in products can be a result of the technology “offering customers the best combination of efficiency, range along with convenience.”

Volvo says its historic move follows improvements in battery technology, falling costs along with wide public acceptance of electric cars. “The time has come for electric cars to cease being a niche technology along with enter the mainstream,” said Volvo president along with CEO, Hakan Samuelsson. “We are confident that will in two years’ time 10% of Volvo’s global sales will be electrified cars.”

The programme will start with the introduction of plug-in electric versions of Volvo’s larger cars, the 60-series along with 0-series products that will already utilise the company’s brand-new large Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), which was designed via the outset for electrification. The first of these products, the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine all-wheel drive, has already been launched in Sweden, along with will come to the UK next January. 

The XC90 T8  delivers more than 407bhp along with includes a pure electric range of around 25 miles, while – according to current statutory NEDC test cycle – emitting just 49g/km CO2 along with returning fuel consumption well over 100mpg. There will also be a plug-in edition of the forthcoming Volvo S90 large saloon.

Volvo can be also planning to launch a front-wheel drive Twin Engine powertrain set-up, to ensure that will plug-in hybrids which don’t need that will, need not contain the complexity along with weight disadvantages of four-wheel drive. Later, an “entirely brand-new” range of 40-series Volvos, using the Geely-Volvo Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, will hit the market, all offering plug-in hybrid versions.

The CMA platform, which comes on stream via 2017, can be critical to Volvo’s plan to raise its sales to 800,000 cars a year by 2020, along with to replace every product in its range over the next four years. Mertens says the flexibility of CMA will allow the company to offer buyers “the same type of premium engineering benefits as owners of larger cars”.

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