Speaking to Autocar, Ingenlath confirmed that Volvo will introduce a new fully electric XC40, which will be the brand’s first fully electric car. The XC40 EV’s debut will follow the Polestar 2, which is going to arrive in 2019. An electric version of the next-generation XC90 SUV is also planned for 2021.
Ingenlath also confirmed that Volvo will not introduce standalone electric models, like VW’s future IQ lineup and instead will only release fully electric versions of its existing models.
“You could say that is different to a lot of the mass-production brands. But I have a hard time to understand how their plan will work in the long run. Electrification is the future of the automotive industry, so how do you handle that as soon as you come to the majority of electric cars? How do you handle it in your portfolio? I think it’s much more natural to say it’s a powertrain variant that over time will take up the majority of the sold vehicles.”
Volvo hasn’t confirmed when it will release fully electric versions of its sedan lineup, but yesterday Volvo did unveil two plug-in hybrid versions of the new S60.