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Volvo is adding plug-in hybrids to every model it builds and is planning to add a fully electric car to its lineup by 2019, according to the company. Volvo says it expects electrified vehicles to account for up to 10% of its total car sales soon.
The company already has a plug-in hybrid version of its popular XC90 SUV in showrooms and will add plug-in hybrid versions to its other 90 series and 60 series cars shortly. It will also introduce a new line of front-wheel drive compact cars with plug-in hybrid technology based on its S40 sedans. The company has two new chassis architecture platforms that were designed to accept either fully electric or plug-in hybrid powertrains. Few other manufacturers can make that claim.
Volvo believes that plug-in hybrid cars offer customers the best combination of efficiency, range, and convenience. Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo, says, “We believe that the time has come for electrified cars to cease being a niche technology and enter the mainstream. We are confident that in two years’ time, 10 per cent of Volvo’s global sales will be electrified cars.”