Volvo going all plug-in hybrid by 2019

Volvo announced on Thursday that it will be producing its first fully electric car and make all of its cars available as plug-in hybrids by 2019. The electric expansion looks to be one of the most comprehensive strategies in the automotive market. The company says its new Compact Modular Architecture will facilitate the expansion of plug-in technology across the production line.

The Swedish manufacturer has already begun applying its new architecture with the introduction of the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid. The tongue twister XC90 T8 is just the beginning, according to the company. As models begin to get replaced, they will be replaced with the CMA platform. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the specs of the XC90 T8 are impressive: the seven-seater SUV has 407 hp and is capable of 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds. The downside: full-electric range will be limited to only 26 miles.

The purely electric Volvos will ride on a different platform, which, as of now, we don’t know much about. AutoWeek

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