Starting with 2019 every car produced by Volvo will be at least hybrid, and will have an electric motor, which will make the Gothenburg-based safety merchant the first major car maker to commit to such a strategy. This might sound unexpected, but since its sibling Polestar was going down the same route we should have known it’s gonna happen sooner or later.
There will be three stages of Volvo’s electric dream. The first will be mild hybrids, where a 48-volt electrical system similar to that seen on the new Audi A8 will cut the engine wherever possible, like when the car is slowing down or stops. A motor will then restart the pistons quickly and smoothly when needed.