Volvo Wants to Sell One Million Hybrid and Electric Cars by 2025

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Volvo has big plans in the field of electrified vehicles, as it wants to sell one million of these by 2025.
The Swedish brand seeks to accomplish this by supplementing its range with ”at least two” hybrid versions of every model, as well as an all-electric car. The latter will come in 2019.

Unlike the C30 BEV, which was an experimental model that Volvo used to discover the challenges and possibilities of this category of vehicles, the full-electric Volvo of 2019 might not resemble a production model.

Volvo’s CEO Hakan Samuelsson is aware that the million electrified cars sold by 2025 are an aspiring target, but he explained that it is “deliberately ambitious.

After all, the Swedish company sold over 500,000 units last year, but selling that many hybrids and electric vehicles in less than nine years is a massive challenge.

It took Toyota Motor Company a decade to exceed a cumulative global target of over 1,000,000 hybrids. It is worth mentioning that it took the Japanese brand this long because they were pioneers in this field and their hybrids had limited availability at the time of launch. By 2012, Toyota and Lexus sold over 1.2 million hybrids a year on a global level.

Volvo Cars has been preparing for this ambitious goal for over five years. The Scalable Product Architecture and the Compact Modular Architecture have been designed from the start to accommodate hybrid and fully electric powertrains.

The 90 and 60 series cars from Volvo are based on the SPA platform, while the upcoming new 40 series cars will be built on CMA. Each model will have electrified versions, and some of these will be fully electric vehicles. The first 100% electric production car from Volvo will be launched in three years’ time, but its platform was not announced yet.

While Japan’s Toyota and Honda have already developed hydrogen fuel cell cars ready for production and sell them in some markets, Volvo’s Sustainability plans do not mention this category of vehicles. We suspect that the Swedish brand is considering this technology as well.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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