At the Beijing Motor Show Volvo has announced that half of its car sales will come from fully electric models as Volvo chase even more sales in China.
China is a big market for Volvo (hardly surprising as they’re owned by China’s Geely) so initiatives in China to push towards 20 per cent of all car sales being electric by 2025 has spurred Volvo to push hard to electrify their range fully.
Adding to a declaration in 2017 that all Volvos will be offered with some form of electrification by 2019 – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and BEV – Volvo has now gone further and declared that half of their sales will come from fully electric cars by 2025.
The first properly electric Volvo will arrive next year in the form of the V40’s replacement and based on the 40.2 Concept we saw alongside the 40.1 (a concept for the now arrived XC40), which sported an electric powertrain with a range of just over 200 miles. But expect that to increase to closer to 300 miles when it does arrive and is followed by an electric XC40.
To emphasise their commitment to both electrification and BEVs, Volvo has put the XC40 T5 Plug-in Hybrid (pictured above) on show for the first time in Beijing alongside plug-in versions of the XC90 and XC60.
Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo CEO, said:
Last year we made a commitment to electrification in preparation for an era beyond the internal combustion engine. Today we reinforce and expand that commitment in the world’s leading market for electrified cars. China’s electric future is Volvo Cars’ electric future.