Volvo to stop selling gasoline cars by 2030


Many automakers have already presented plans to switch from internal combustion engines to electric ones in the coming years. But Volvo has announced one of the most aggressive changes in the industry to date: By 2030, it will transition its entire line of vehicles to battery-powered vehicles.

The Swedish-based company, owned by the Chinese company Geely Holding, is thus ahead of its competitors in the transition to 100% power generation. In 2019, all models sold were hybrid or powered entirely on batteries.


In 2030, Volvo “will gradually phase out all vehicles in its global combustion engine portfolio, including hybrids,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday. “To remain successful, we need sustainable growth. So instead of investing in a shrinking business [motores à combustão], we decided to invest in the future – in electricity and online, ”said Håkan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo.

Volvo XC40 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 Recharge, the automaker’s first all-electric car, has a range of around 320 km without charging the battery. Image: Volvo Cars / Disclosure

General Motors дала такое же обещание в январе, но план вступит в силу только в 2035 году. Volvo признала, что частично реагировала на давление со стороны правительств, многие из которых объявили о запрете двигателей внутреннего сгорания в ближайшие годы, но гарантирует, что это его решение было основано «на ожидании того, что законодательство, а также быстрое расширение доступной высококачественной инфраструктуры зарядки ускорит принятие потребителями полностью электрических автомобилей», – говорится в заявлении.

Another break with industry practice: Volvo electric models will be sold exclusively online, avoiding dealerships. The automaker will release several more electric models in the coming years. “By 2025, the goal is for 50% of global sales to be from all-electric vehicles and the rest to hybrids. In 2030, all cars we sell must be fully electric, ”the company said.

Via: New York Times

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