Volvo Can Make All-Electric Vehicles. But They Won’t
According to the Autocar report, Volvo is capable of manufacturing electric vehicles. Although EV fans around the world would be glad to see some new all-electric models on the market, the Swedish manufacturer won’t release any EVs soon.
Lex Kerssemakers, who has been appointed as new Volvo Senior Vice President Americas, said to Autocar that Volvo can already make electric vehicles. But they won’t. Why? Well, they’re pretty satisfied by their efficient engines and their current plug-in hybrids so they’re not eager to start a new all-electric adventure.
It seems that they aren’t so confident about the future of electric vehicles. Mr. Kerssemakers said to Autocar that they’re focused on plug-in hybrids and added:
“Once there is a more sustainable business case behind full EV we can do it – our platform is scalable and fully flexible. But we must see how the EV business evolves and what pressures there are from fuel efficiency requirements and cities closing borders.”
A sustainable business case is very dubious at the moment. Perhaps what they’re waiting for is even stricter regulations regarding fuel efficiency and emissions. This is very logical. Volvo is in internal-combustion business and if they can make an extremely fuel-efficient hybrid, they won’t hesitate to do so. That’s exactly what they did with the Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid.
However, if the regulations around the world would stimulate manufacturing of electric vehicles – that would probably have to go along with more generous federal and state incentives – Volvo would consider manufacturing vehicles with all-electric powertrain. Currently, we know that they can make an electric vehicle and that might be a worthy signal to all the players in the EV business.
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