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Volvo cars to go all electric by 2019 to reduce global carbon emission

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Volvo Cars is focused on reducing the carbon emission.

Volvo Car Group, the Swedish car manufacturer on Wednesday confirmed that starting from 2019, all new models rolled out from its manufacturing units will either fully electric or hybrids.

The announcement by the Geely-owned company said it will start the departure from Volvos century old internal combustion engine by placing electrification at the core of its future business.

“This is about the customer,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president, and chief executive. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.”

The press release of Volvo said it will introduce a slew of electric cars in its wide range of models, which are either fully electric, plug-in hybrids or mild hybrids.

The company also announced that between 2019 and 2021 it will launch five new cars which will be fully electric. Out of the five, three will be additions to Volvo models and the other two will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar – an arm of Volvo cars that manufacture advanced high-performance cars.

Volvo also added that all the five cars will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid 48-volt options on all models, representing one of the broadest electrified car offerings of any car maker.

With the transition, Volvo aims to completely do away with the old internal combustion engine and making sure that all future Volvos roll out with electric engine motors that are enhanced with electrified options.

“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” Samuelsson said. “Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1m electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”

The press release by Volvo said that the move to go with the electric engine in the future is part of company’s commitment to keeping the environment clean by reducing Co2 emission.

“Volvo Cars is focused on reducing the carbon emissions of both its products as well as its operations. It aims to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025,” the company said.

The new announcement comes just days after Volvo announced that they are are turning Polestar into a separate brand that manufactures only electrified global high-performance car company with Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president, Design, at Volvo Cars, as its Chief Executive Officer.