EV sales underpin Volvo’s sustainability pledge
Volvo Cars is aiming to sell a one million electrified cars by 2025.
The Swedish company plans to achieve this aim by offering at least two hybrid versions of every model in its range and releasing its first all-electric car in 2019.
‘It is a deliberately ambitious target,’ said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. ‘It is going to be a challenge, but Volvo wants to be at the forefront of this shift to electrification.’
Volvo Cars has already developed two all-new vehicle architectures for larger and smaller cars – Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) – that can incorporate either hybrid or fully electric car technology. Its larger 90 series and 60 series cars are to be built on SPA, and it will soon launch a global range of smaller 40 series cars on CMA. All of these cars will have electrified versions.
This new electric vehicle pledge forms part of a wide-ranging review of Volvo’s strategic sustainability programme, which contains several new commitments that place sustainability at the centre of its future business operations.
Among the commitments made by Volvo are that it will impose climate-neutral operations by 2025, have 35% of its leading positions held by women by 2020, move further towards its vision that by 2020 no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo, and work with international partners to promote sustainability.
Håkan added, ‘Sustainability is nothing new or something that sits outside our operations, it is something that forms an integral part of everything we do. It is simply our way of operating. This new sustainability commitment reflects Volvo Cars’ fundamental belief that we must also grow responsibly.’