Volvo Plans to Phase Out Gas Engines--and Go Partial or Full Electric--In 2019

The car industry is exploding with surprise and chatter.

Or, should we say, combusting with chatter? Volvo Cars has announced that it will be switching to an electrified model lineup (either full or partial electric) starting in 2019, slowly phasing out its internal-combustion engine performance engineering in favor of electrification.

While this doesn't mean that there will be no gas-powered Volvo models right away in 2019, it does mean that the company is taking a strong and definitive stance on the future of automotive technology and power.

“This is about the customer,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.”

The press release states that Volvo Cars will be introducing five fully-electric models within two years of their program, including high-performance Polestar electric vehicles. The lineup will also offer plug-in hybrid and classic hybrid cars as the company begins to make the full switch.

It's a strategy that many other automakers are also introducing, with an ever-widening selection of electric premium and luxury vehicles.

But, until the day comes when we can all easily hook up to a charging station and hum home in an electric vehicle, you can enjoy the bonus of a FREE $25 gas card with your test-drive of a new Volvo or used car at Performance Volvo Cars in Sinking Spring.

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