Eventually, diesel engines are going to become unavailable within the rest of the fleet.
Among European car manufacturers there is only a handful of them, who has not joined the game of hybrid and electric cars. On the other hand, when it comes to preparing for a total switch to electric mobility, Volvo is probably on the top of the game. After recent announcement, that they are going to equip every second car with some kind of electric motor by the year 2025, they have now made a decision to stop develop and eventually retire diesel engines.
Drastic measure is to be realized quite soon, as the upcoming third generation of BMW series 3-rival S60 sedan is going to be the first car, sold only with petrol or hybrid drive trains. When arriving on the market later this spring only 4-cylinder petrol engines are going to be offered to buyers, with an addition of two plug-in hybrid power plants. Next year, a mild 48-Volt hybrid is also going to be available.
"Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines," said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. "We will phase out cars with only an internal combustion engine, with petrol hybrid versions as a transitional option as we move towards full electrification. The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment."