Volvo will ditch plug-in hybridsOctober 2, 2020
The Swedish automaker is shifting its focus to mild hybrids and all-electric powertrains. Ultimately Volvo will ditch plug-in hybrids.
Anyone who finds electric driving fun, but is not ready to completely abandon the internal combustion engine, can now contact Volvo. In the near future, AutoWeek has learned that plug-in hybrids will disappear from the range of the Swedish brand. The role of the combustion engine is also changing: with the disappearance of ICE plug-in hybrids, Volvo will continue to come with only mild hybrid technology support. So there will always be some electricity available.
Removing from the PHEV lineup and switching to MHEV and EN is relatively easy: after all, the current CMA modular base used by Volvo and Polestar is also suitable for combustion engines, including those with mild hybrid technology, and for all-electric powertrains. … In addition, parent company Geely is developing a new modular platform for electric vehicles that is likely to play an important role in creating Volvo’s all-electric lineup in addition to the mild hybrid.
We’ll have to wait a bit to see how Volvo and Geely handle larger models like the S60, S90 and XC90 when offered in both ICE and electric motors in the future. There are two options: moving to the CMA platform for larger models or using the aforementioned EV platform. In the latter case, larger vehicles will be purely electric.
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