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Volvo unveiled a fully electric C30 compact hatch in 2009 that it used for research purposes and even loaned out to customers to learn more about how people use electric cars on a daily basis. The electric C30, dubbed the C30 BEV, proved popular as Volvo soon after became one of the first automakers with a plug-in hybrid in its lineup and later this decade will also have a fully electric car in its lineup too.
Volvo today confirmed that its fully electric car would arrive no later than 2019. Unfortunately, no further details were released by Volvo but Autocar is reporting that the car is likely to be a crossover with a range of approximately 325 miles.
The new electric car’s arrival will be the climax of Volvo’s new near-term vehicle electrification strategy that will also see the automaker develop plug-in hybrid versions of every model in its lineup. Volvo already offers plug-in hybrid versions of its S60, V60 and XC90 models, and the next to be electrified will be the new S90 sedan.
Volvo ‘s plug-in hybrids, referred to by the automaker as Twin Engine vehicles, will include both front-wheel-drive and ‘through-the-road’ hybrid all-wheel-drive models. Volvo sees about 10 percent of its sales consisting of electrified vehicles in the near term.
“We believe that the time has come for electrified cars to cease being a niche technology and enter the mainstream,” Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson said in a statement. “We are confident that in two years’ time 10 percent of Volvo’s global sales will be electrified cars.