It is a bad time for Internal Combustion (IC) engines and it may turn worse in the coming years. The usage of fossil fuels for power was once the greatest achievement humans achieved and the world is now moving on forward. The future of cars is now Electric vehicles (EVs).
Volvo, the leading Sweden-based car manufacturer now promised that they will stop diesel engines manufacturing in the coming years. The company is willing to set its crosshairs on the EV technology.
Transition To EVs
The recent interview of Volvo Chief Executive Officer, Hakan Samuelsson with Reuters became a centre page of all the plans Volvo holds for the future. The most important announcement being the halt to Diesel engines soon.
In his own words, Samuelsson said,
From today's perspective, we will not develop any more new generation diesel engines
The statement has a lot of meaning. It means that Volvo will not focus valuable time and resources anymore on the future generation of diesel engines but will be committed to diesel and petrol engines presently the company features.
Volvo is currently working on Modular Electrification Platform (MEP) for their future EVs. The car manufacturer though is currently completely dedicated to diesel and petrol engine vehicles, it plans to make the switch soon. Samuelsson credited Tesla motors for being an inspiration in EV market and creating a large demand for EVs among people.
In his own words about the role of Tesla, he said,
We have to recognise that Tesla has managed to offer such a car for which people are lining up. In this area, there should also be space for us, with high quality and attractive design
Volvo is planning to bring its EVs soon and the concept cars displayed last year may be likely the released products. After collecting information from Electrek and Volvo, here are things we can expect:
- The EVs will be priced in the range of $ 35,000 and $ 40,000
- Will be released in the year 2019
- Will be built in China
- Expected to be shipped Globally
- A range of 250 miles (around 400 km)
- Expected to be of SUV category
This bold step by Volvo itself is indicating the dire need of change to EVs and looks like more companies will join the bandwagon. With Germany and India already issuing a deadline for this transition, the decisions of remaining automakers will be soon known.