Volvo Cars to Introduce First All-Electric Models in 2019

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Volvo Cars will be introducing its first all-electric models in 2019, going by recent comments made by the Senior Director of Electric Propulsion Systems at the firm, Mats Anderson.

The comments — which were made at the SAE 2017 Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium in San Diego — were accompanied by others that revealed that Volvo Cars was also planning to introduce a front-wheel drive, 3-cylinder engine variant of its Twin Engine plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) system in 2018.

“Both the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) and Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) architectures are being evaluated for the initial vehicles, with FWD and AWD variants,” Green Car Congress notes.

“To enable the cost-effective production of a range of BEVs meeting different requirements, Volvo is developing the Modular Electrification Platform (MEP) — a set of modular building blocks for electrification than will allow Volvo to deliver vehicles ranging between 100–450 kW of propulsive power, with battery packs of up to 100 kWh in size. Volvo’s BEVs will support AC charging up to 20 kW and high-speed DC, with support for CCS and CHAdeMO; Volvo Cars is a member of CharIN.”

As a reminder here, Volvo Cars execs have publicly stated in the past that the company is aiming to have 1 million “electrified” Volvos out and about by the year 2025. “Electrified” in this case seems to refer to conventional, non-plug-in hybrid vehicle, as well as to PHEVs and all-electrics (EVs).

Anderson commented: “We are committed (to electrification). There is no way back.”