Volvo are one of the most forward-thinking automotive companies at present, and in another example of their bold enterprise, the Swedish giants are open to the idea of cutting diesel engines from their range in the future.
One of the reasons for the planned move is the increasingly demanding emission standards, but their product of petrol hybrids is also thought to be a factor.
Volvo’s CEO Hakan Samuelsson recently gave an interview in which he suggested the company will phase out diesel power plants over the next ten years.
“It is a very attractive alternative to a diesel engine. It offers much lower CO2 levels but more or less the same performance in both horsepower and torque.
“On cost, I would say that within a couple of years we will see a crossover, the diesel getting more expensive and the (hybrid system) going down.”
Volvo to create Diesel-Like Hybrid Engines
Volvo are preparing to release a new line-up of 40 Series models which will come complete with the brand’s Compact Modular Architecture.
This platform will facilitate plug-in hybrid power and fully EV power trains.
For the bigger cars – such as the S90 – the TW double engine plug-in hybrid power train will be the unit of choice, while the 7-seater SUV will be powered by a unit that will be able to offer diesel-like economy.
Samuelsson continued: “Diesels will be more expensive, they will have much more advanced after-treatment with additional fluids that have to be filled not once a year, but probably every time you refuel the car. I think that it’s very realistic that the percentage will go down.
“If it will go down to zero, I think we don’t need to speculate — let the future decide, let customers decide. We are flexible enough that we can make petrol and diesels on the same line, basically.”
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