Volvo latest to make electric pledge

Car manufacturer Volvo plans to sell only electric cars by 2030, becoming the latest major player to signal the move.

Volvo had previously said it wanted half of its sales to be electric by 2025, but said on Tuesday its new strategy  was an “acceleration” of plans to phase out internal combustion engine sales completely.

Last year Volvo launched its first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge, and it will unveil a new electric 40 Series on Tuesday.

“To remain successful, we need profitable growth,” said Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo chief executive. “So instead of investing in a shrinking business, we choose to invest in the future – electric and online. We are fully focused on becoming a leader in the fast-growing premium electric segment.”

“There is no long-term future for cars with an internal combustion engine,” said Henrik Green, the Volvo chief technology officer. “We are firmly committed to becoming an electric-only carmaker and the transition should happen by 2030. It will allow us to meet the expectations of our customers and be a part of the solution when it comes to fighting climate change.”

The Swedish carmaker, owned by Chinese conglomerate Geely, also said it would only sell its electric cars direct to consumers online, in a blow to the traditional model of selling vehicles via independent dealerships.

Volvo’s announcement follows that of Ford, which last month unveiled a $22 billion programme of investmentthat will see every passenger vehicle manufactured by the firm in Europe fully electric within nine years.

Ford has said it is “to go all-in” on its electric passenger vehicles and to substantially grow and electrify its commercial vehicle business.

It pledged that by mid-2026, 100 percent of Ford’s passenger vehicle range in Europe will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid, and will be completely all-electric by 2030. Similarly, Ford’s entire commercial vehicle range will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid, by 2024, with two-thirds of Ford’s commercial vehicle sales expected to be all-electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030.