Swedish luxury car maker Volvo has confirmed that it will launch ‘India assembled’ plug- in hybrid of XC90 T8 sports utility vehicle from its Bengaluru plant by end 2019. The automaker also has plans to roll out four more hybrid vehicles in the next three years.
Charles Frump, managing director, Volvo Cars India, said, “This announcement places electrification at the core of Volvo’s future business. It also paves the way for the complete phase out of combustion-engine-only models. The localization of plug- in hybrids marks the future electrification for us. As a responsible luxury car company, we believe electrification is the future. However, till the time we have a supporting infrastructure, plug-in hybrids offer the intermediate solution.”
The vehicles will be assembled in the company’s manufacturing unit in Bengaluru and Volvo XC 90 will be the first plug-in vehicle to be assembled in India. Currently, the car is available in the India market via CBU. Earlier, Volvo had announced that every new Volvo from 2019 will have electrification whether it is in the form of mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full electric. According to the latest reports, it is said that there will be one-million electrified cars by 2025 and 50 per cent of the contribution will come from full-electric cars. This is one of the main reasons Volvo Cars plans to slowly phase out conventional powertrains and focus only on electrification, in order to its commitment towards environment and electrified future.