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05 July 2017

All Volvos Will Have Electrified Powertrains By 2019

Volvo Cars will offer electrified options for every Volvo built starting in 2019.

The automaker announced today that five battery electric models will be rolling out between 2019 and 2021 – three under the Volvo brand and two under Polestar. Details will be made clear at a later date.

As for electrifying Volvos, it said the five all-electric models will be supplemented by a range of power sources; as will all other Volvos built beginning in 2019. That will include gasoline and diesel plug-in hybrids, and 48-volt options.

Volvo is using the “mild hybrid” tag for the 48-volt system, and says there will be a motor there unlike in 48-volt “micro hybrid” systems which employ no motor propulsion, but a video (below) says the motor will serve as starter, generator and motor without more detail than that.

The high-performance Polestar sub brand was launched last month. Volvo’s parent company, Geely, is looking to compete directly with Volkswagen’s performance brands and Daimler’s AMG sub brand.

Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president design at Volvo Cars, has been named Polestar’s chief executive.

Volvo Cars sees electrification as part of a new phase in the automobile’s 100-year-plus history.

“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of one million electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”

Customers are demanding electrified cars, and Volvo must come through, he said. You can view the company’s environmental mission statement and comments from Samuelsson in this video.

It’s all part of a larger scheme to reduce carbon emissions from its vehicles and manufacturing facilities. The company plans to reach “climate neutral” manufacturing operations by 2025.

In February at SAE 2017 Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium in San Diego, Mats Anderson, senior director of electric propulsion systems, discussed the company’s upcoming electrified technologies.

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In 2019, the company will be introducing a 48-volt system for gasoline or diesel engines.

Anderson said it will start with a 10 kW motor generation, later offering about 15 kW in the second-generation system. A 0.25 kWh 48V Li-ion battery will provide energy storage, along with a separate 12V absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery.

He also announced that Volvo Cars will have a three-cylinder plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in 2019. It will feature a 9.7-kilowatt hour lithium ion battery, an electric air conditioning compressor, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and a 55-kW electric motor.

The new plug-in hybrid will be able to go about 31 miles on battery power, he said.

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