Volvo promises that half of the cars sold in 2025 will be electric cars

By:   Fedora Atjeh Fedora Atjeh   |   Mei 02, 2018
Volvo promises that half of the cars sold in 2025 will be electric cars
Volvo promises that half of the cars sold in 2025 will be electric cars

The Swedish brand Volvo continues to look to the immediate future in an electric key: electric cars, or with at least some kind of electrification, represent the cornerstone of the roadmap of the Scandinavian manufacturer now owned by the Chinese Geely. This is demonstrated by its latest declaration of intent: Volvo predicts that, by 2025, half of the cars it sells worldwide will be electric.

For a few years, Volvo has been marking its future with electrification as a protagonist to the detriment of combustion engines. While the brand confirmed us not long ago that the future of conventional engines would be marked by supply and demand, the reality is that the Scandinavian firm has long announced plans that go through the electrical revolution.

Not in vain, less than a year ago it was already anticipating that, from 2019, all its new models would equip some type of electrification, with the mild-hybrid systems as the best of the medicines to fulfill this ambitious goal. Now take another step forward ensuring that 50% of the cars sold by Volvo in 2025 will be electric.

China, that new and great ally

Volvo has taken advantage of the 2018 Beijing Motor Show to announce this new goal. And the truth is that the firm has been consistent with the models chosen for its stand of the Asian sample: for the first time in its history has only shown plug-in hybrid models, which includes the Plug-in Hybrid variant of the newcomer Volvo XC40, which is expected to make its landing in Europe sooner rather than later.

However, the ambitious goal of Volvo has a powerful ally: the Chinese market, aka the new oasis that car manufacturers have found. The Swedish brand is no stranger to this trend: China is, today, its main market. In the first quarter of 2018, it registered an increase in its sales in the People's Republic of 23.3% and, in 2017, it surpassed the 100,000 units sold in the Asian country.

But it is also that China is also ahead in terms of the commercialization of electric cars and the trend is far from stopping: the Chinese Government predicts that precisely in 2025, 20% of cars sold in the country are move thanks to alternative mechanics, which translates into an approximate volume of seven million cars.

That is why Volvo's plans include China and electric cars in the equation. This is demonstrated by the words of Håkan Samuelsson, Chairman and CEO of Volvo Cars, at the Beijing Motor Show: "Last year we committed ourselves to electrification in preparation for the era following the internal combustion engine. to reinforce and expand this commitment in the world's largest market for electric vehicles, China's electric future is Volvo Cars' electric future. "

But, pure electric cars or is there a trick?

As has happened on other occasions, you have to read between the lines in Samuelsson's words. Volvo assures that half of the cars that it commercializes in seven years will be electric, but we understand that it is not talking about 100% electric cars, but that they incorporate some form of electrical technology in their mechanics. Among other things because the brand has no fully electrified car on the market at the moment.

This translates into a range formed by new mild-hybrid 48V mechanics, which is known as smooth hybrid, in which there will be no shortage of hybrids and, of course, electric cars. Moreover, the first fully electrified Volvo has already planned its arrival date: 2019.

Developed on the new MEP modular platform, this zero-emission Volvo will likely be based on the Volvo Concept 40. Volvo's MEP will serve as the matrix for the brand's one hundred percent electric family, being designed to house batteries up to 100 kWh in size. capacity and engines with powers of around 100 and 450 kW. The autonomy of this first electric Volvo according to the brand will be 500 kilometers. Good starting point for that green future on the horizon.

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