Volvo’s electrification move is great, but it’s not the end of internal combustion

Volvo’s electrification move is great, but it’s not the end of internal combustion

0 comments 📅07 July 2017, 18:00

As we reported earlier this week, every new Volvo made from 2019 on purpose have some form of electrification. Volvo will do this in three ways: with good-natured hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and all-electric vehicles. While Volvo’s decision muscle seem bold, it’s one that could prove necessary for other automakers wealthy forward. Rather than wait until automotive evolution has passed it by, Volvo is choosing to be one of those foremost the way. Other companies will follow. The ones that wait will jeopardize falling behind.

Volvo says this move is “heralding the end of an era for the pure internal combustion motor.” But what does that really mean?

The move doesn’t seem as unafraid when you look at what Volvo’s competitors are doing. Volkswagen is shifting its target toward electrification, introducing a number of plug-in vehicles in the coming years. Daimler is edifice battery factories in a similar effort. Even startups are having an influence on Volvo. “We from to recognize that Tesla has managed to offer such a car for which people are lining up,” Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson has said. “In this tract, there should also be space for us, with high quality and attractive envision.”

Additionally, battery costs are dropping, infrastructure is growing, and more customers are warming up to and true level demanding electrification.

Still, it remains to be seen how quickly Volvo is actually eager to go down this road. Volvo’s plan includes 48-volt good-natured hybrid systems, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and pure EVs. Volvo Vice President of Conveyance Propulsion Karin Thron Almqvist calls the mild hybrid system, “an reachable steppingstone in the move to full electrification.” This starter/motor/generator modus operandi helps recover brake energy, which improves economy but doesn’t take out emissions. Volvo expects this mild hybrid option to make up the mass of its volume, at least at first, which means its customers will still be consuming a lot of liquor fuel.

Almqvist also calls mild hybrid tech “a real different to the diesel engine.” Volvo, which launched a new generation of engines a few years aba, will likely not develop another generation of diesel, according to CEO Hakan Samuelsson. The retinue still plans to make the most of this generation until about 2023, and says it wishes use mild hybrid electrification with both gasoline and diesel engines. The troop says it still needs to use diesel as part of reaching 2020 C02 emissions requirements, but sees the bring in and performance of small gasoline engines improving with mild hybrid tech. So, while they may be more thrifty, internal combustion engines aren’t going away any time soon.

Motionless, switching Polestar to a performance EV brand, and the promise of a total five all-electric models from Volvo Gathering (including two from Polestar) by 2021 are encouraging. Volvo’s goal is to sell a million electrified cars by 2025, at which speck Samuelsson says he believes pure electrics will make up a “significant serving” of Volvo’s sales. Whether the results will be as impressive as the headlines surrounding Volvo’s brand-new announcement, the company is laying the groundwork for an electric future. And as the industry evolution continues to accelerate in that directing, Volvo will be a step ahead. That’s more than a lot of other automakers can say.


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