According to a new report from Auto Express, Volvo expects that fully electric cars will make up 50 percent of the sales by 2025. Sadly for diesel fans, chances are high that in 10 years they won’t be able to buy a powerful diesel version of their favorite Volvo truck.
Volvo began burying their diesel engines with the new S60 saloon. Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson described this decision as prioritizing since they cannot do everything. They want to be faster in electrification, so they are not planning to have a diesel alternative in any new car.
The next step towards that will be the next-gen Volvo XC90, set to launch in 2021 as a 2022 model. Samuelsson stated that there will be only two versions of their most luxurious SUV: a gasoline-electric hybrid and fully electric one. Additionally, it will feature unique design touches, such as the blanked-off grille in the picture above.
The new XC90 will use a new version of the brand’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA2). It was developed for fully electric and petrol hybrid vehicles. Therefore, we can be 100% sure that they will not change their mind and we won’t see any diesel Volvo in the near future.
This is sad news for any lover of diesel power. Especially, when you will not be able to buy not only diesel vehicles from Volvo but also from Honda, GM, Jaguar, and many other manufacturers. All of them are strengthening their electric-vehicle initiatives.
It is hard to tell this, but you will have to say goodbye to the feeling of the immediate, low-end torque a diesel offers. Or maybe not? Good news for you, electric vehicles and most of the hybrids can also offer you that feeling more effectively than ever.