Volvo have this week announced that they will only be selling electric cars by 2030, furthermore, to purchase they you’ll have to do it online.
The bold new move that comes in the wake of JLR’s similar announcement means that they become just the latest major car retailer to seemingly commit to an all green, electric future. This also will of course mean that they shall begin to move away from the production of diesel and petrol cars, instead focusing on the production of fully electric vehicles.
Volvo still remain committed to their original plan too, which was a target of ensuring that 50% of their sales were to be from EV by 2025, the other half were to come from hybrid sales. Hybrids however, are also said to be phased out alongside the fossil fuel cars by 2030.
Henrik Green, Volvo CTO, announced:
"There is no long-term future for cars with an internal combustion engine. We are firmly committed to becoming an electric-only car maker and the transition should happen by 2030."
Volvo didn't comment on how their plans would affect future plans for the already functioning, “Polestar” a luxury line of EV’s and hybrids by Volvo.
As mentioned above, the fully EV vehicles will only be available online, this is apparently in order to “radically simplify” the process involved in purchasing the electric Volvo's. They also stated that vehicles will be swiftly delivered to the home of the buyer with the choice of already pre-configured models.
Despite the planned online process, physical retailer locations will remain, as dealerships will still take delivery of vehicles and help with the service and maintenance of EVs.
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