Volvo, one of the manufacturers that first made diesel cars popular (and good) has announced that it may be permanently stopping developing the technology.
Citing Tesla as the prime example of a company that builds advanced, zero-emissions cars that people are ‘queueing up for,’ the Swedish brand has decided to call it quits on all of its diesel models.
Instead, Volvo is developing fully-electric and hybrid drivetrains across its lines, the first full EV from which will make its debut in 2019. It seems the company is using its relatively low build volumes to be more flexible and react faster than the German behemoths can.
The information comes from an interview Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson gave to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine. Non-German-speakers might have to translate the page in-browser. First on the agenda is a 48-volt electrical system similar to that already put into practise by Audi. It will be used to develop petrol-electric hybrids leaning towards a plug-in design, plus fully-electric cars.
The German title does make useful note of the fact that petrol engines don’t offer the same sort of long-legged towing ability as good diesels do; particularly larger and more powerful diesels. Volvo isn’t directly replacing diesel for heavy towing duties – at least not yet.
Volvo has already moved to a maximum-four-cylinders policy, with three-bangers on the way as well. We don’t know when the final diesel Volvo will be sold, but this one-time leviathan of diesel drive might just have started saying its goodbyes.