Volvo Announces No Purley Gas Vehicles by 2019
We’ve been told electric cars are the future. That future became more of a reality recently as Swedish car giants Volvo have announced that from 2019, the company will only be manufacturing both electric or electric-hybrid cars.
Plans to phase out production of gas only cars have been well received as the world looks to drastically cut CO2 emissions from our roads.
Volvo has also announced that along with this phase out period they will also be releasing two new high-powered electric cars, all under the Polestar name.
In the wake of the VW emissions scandal, the need for alternative power is much on the rise. The vehicle trade has yet to catch up in a world where renewables are all the rage. Experts suggest that within roughly five years time, the battery range of electric vehicles will be far closer to that of modern combustion engines, ending the slight stigma behind current electric vehicles.
With Volvo making this statement it is certainly setting the trend for the future and it’s likely that other large manufacturers will follow suit. On Monday US firm Tesla announced that its first mass-market electric car will be available for sale on 28th July after passing its regulatory requirements.
Speaking of the need for a sustainable future for the motor trade the CEO of Volvo Håkan Samuelsson said: “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car.”
Back in may the Swedish carmakers began a relationship with Google, which saw them announce the inclusion of an Android operating system in their cars. The inclusion of Android would center around the cockpit where the embedded operating system would control things like the dashboard and other displayed information.
Just last week Volvo announced another partnership with graphics card giants Nvidia. Nvidia has been drafted into work on Volvos 2021 self-driving cars and it’s clear to see that both these partnerships can only make Volvos future look ever brighter.
When speaking of the future Håkan Samuelsson said “Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of one million electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”
With fossil fuel cars resale value rapidly on the decline, more economic and environmentally friendly cars on the rise, Volvo has taken a giant leap into a sustainable future, and if their plan works, a bright one as well.