Volvo is open to dropping its internal combustion engines if buyers prefer its upcoming battery-electric models.

CarAdvice, By William Stopford

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Volvo may have committed to an expansive roll-out of hybrid models, but its CEO has said the brand could switch solely to battery-electric models if demand is high enough.
Just last year, the Chinese-owned Swedish brand announced its aim to have battery-electric vehicles account for 50 percent of all global sales by 2025.
Beyond that, CEO Hakan Sammuelson has told Auto Express it’s a matter of “when” not “if” Volvo chooses to ax internal-combustion engines.
Sammuelson added, “The higher the percentage of all-electric [sales], the faster we will shut down the others. If only five percent are buying cars with combustion it probably doesn’t pay to keep that – so let’s see what the customers prefer long-term.”
From this year onwards, all new Volvos will feature electrified drivetrains, from mild hybrids to plug-in hybrids.
Volvo recently revealed its first battery-electric car, the XC40 Recharge. The small crossover uses an electric motor on each axle and a 78kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with a total system output of 300kW and 660Nm.
Under the tougher WLTP standards, the Recharge has an estimated range of 400km.
The XC40 Recharge will be followed by a new battery-electric model every 12 months between now and 2025. Volvo will use the Recharge name on both plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles.
This article was originally published by CarAdvice.
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