Volvo CEO: The switch to electric will be rapid

Electric cars are the future for Volvo. Dagens Nyheter reports that in two years, all new Volvo cars will be equipped with some kind of electrical motor. Between 2019 and 2021, the firm will introduce five 100% electric models, and ensure the rest of its conventional petrol and diesel range has a hybrid engine of some form. It is the first major manufacturer to make such a bold move.

When Dagens Nyheter meets the Volvo CEO, Håkan Samuelsson at the political week in Almedalen, he emphasises the fact that there is a wide consensus in Sweden that we need a more carbon-free vehicle fleet. “We have almost passed this as a political issue. But we are not doing it to achieve some political goal or the Paris Agreement. This is a business decision. We have decided that we want to be quick with the electrification and adjust our cars rapidly,” said Samuelsson.

For further reading on electric cars, see our feature article in the July edition of the Monthly Policy Review.




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Edgar Mannheimer is a journalist at Mundus News. He is also currently working for SVT Nyheter as an online reporter. Edgar has a passion for politics, foreign affairs and music. He grew up in Egypt, the US, Stockholm, and Jordan, following his mother’s job as a foreign correspondent. He returned to Sweden to study at Lund University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies. During his time in Lund he was editor-in-chief of Radio UPF, the radio committee of the Association of Foreign Affairs, and also started a music program as a solo project. After Lund, he moved to Stockholm and received a Master’s degree in journalism from Stockholm University’s media institution, JMK.