Volvo Cars’ CEO Hakan Samuelsson is apparently steering the company towards battery electrification in the near future – and thinks the diesel’s days are numbered.
According to their vision of the future of the automotive industry, diesel engines are set to lose the race and fall out of favor with consumers due to stricter emissions legislation – Co2 and most importantly the NOx requirements, meaning the only remaining options will be gasoline and electric powertrains. “Looking further down the line, at under 95, diesel will not be able to help us. Only electrification can. The combustion engine will more and more be combined with hybridization, whether that be diesel or petrol. Of course, improving the efficiency of the combustion engine is more or less done, so the next step has to be hybridization and pure-electric cars,” commented the executive in a recent interview.
The first all-electric Volvo is coming in 2019 and by 2025 the automaker wants more than one million electrified Volvos on the roads. “We are developing not just one model but electrification for the small platform and also for the larger platforms, and we haven’t revealed which one will be the first,” added Samuelsson. He added that Volvo is for now committed to battery electrification, and doesn’t believe in hydrogen cars due to infrastructure concerns.