Report – Volvo kicking off electric assault in 2019 image

The Swedish automaker has been slowly but constantly working out a strategy to become green – first they gave up any engine higher than four cylinders and now they want to start rolling out the EVs.

Volvo stated since way back in late 2015 that its entire range will have hybrid models and its first electric car would arrive in 2019. Now the Geely subsidiary has again detailed its strategy a bit, adding their pure electric car will arrive with a battery pack of 100 kWh – the same as in the flagship Model S 100D. There were no additional details released about the battery – the most important being the range, though we can imagine it will have an equally sizeable range, as the aforementioned Model S 100D is rated today at 351 miles (565 km).

Volvo is of course working on more than one battery pack with different capacities as it has a flurry of models that can use them based on the brand’s new CMA and SPA platforms. The EV models will come with front and al-wheel drive and their electric motors will range from 134 horsepower (100 kilowatts) to as much as 603 hp (450 kW). Naturally, regular and high-speed DC charging will be included. The Swedish automaker is also developing a new T5 Twin Engine using a three-cylinder 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline and a 74-hp electric motor, as well as a 9.7-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a dual-clutch, seven-speed transmission as seen in the XC40 previewing concept.

Via Green Car Congress