Volvo Cars Philippines recently highlights its global electrification efforts. One of the Swedish luxury automaker’s achievements in the Philippines is being the first in the market to introduce plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in 2019. Since then, the entire model range has received varying doses of electrification, with mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEVs) being introduced just recently.
But of course, MHEVs and PHEVs still involve an internal combustion engine (ICE), and back in 2017, Volvo Cars committed to shifting to an all-electric future by 2030. “There is no long-term future for cars with an internal combustion engine,” said Henrik Green, chief technology officer. “We are firmly committed to becoming an electric-only car maker and the transition should happen by 2030. It will allow us to meet the expectations of our customers and be a part of the solution when it comes to fighting climate change.”
In line with that goal, Volvo Cars Philippines is taking the next inevitable step to fully electrifying its lineup by launching not just one, but two electric vehicles (EVs) in the second half of 2023. “It is good that the automotive industry is following Volvo’s lead in making significant steps to address current mobility concerns. Volvo Cars is acknowledged for our industry-leading commitment to an electric future. In line with this, locally, we will once again move the brand forward towards its vision by introducing two pure electric vehicles in the second half of 2023,” says Volvo Cars Philippines President and CEO Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla.
While the company did not reveal the two models, the Swedish luxury automaker currently only produces two EVs at this time of writing–the C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge. A third EV model called the EX90 is yet to enter production. The C40 and XC40 Recharge models share a similar footprint and architecture. The former is a stylish and rakishly-designed subcompact luxury SUV, while the XC40 Recharge–as the name implies, is a fully-electric version of the XC40 that we’ve come to know and love.
Later this year, the luxury EV segment will welcome two new competitors from Sweden, which is a good sign for the Philippine automotive market as electrification continues to progress through the various segments of the industry. Volvo, however, recognizes that offering a wide variety of models with varying degrees of electrification is key to making the technology accessible to a larger demographic.
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