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Volvo says no to diesel engines, future is electric

With the global pollution norms getting ever stringent, Volvo Cars is turning its back towards the diesel engines and looking towards developing electric cars.

Håkan Samuelsson As per a report published in a German publication, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Volvo Car’s CEO, Håkan Samuelsson, has said, Volvo is looking at developing and offering hybrids, plug-in rechargeable hybrids and fully electric cars throughout its entire portfolio.

This has been necessitated by the upcoming Euro 6C emission norms, which restricts carbon emissions to just 95g/km by 2021. As per Håkan Samuelsson, this isn’t possible without using diesel engines, which are on average 20% more fuel efficient than petrol engines.

However, the same Euro 6c norms severely limit the nitrogen oxides (NOx) emission, resulting in diesel engines becoming extremely expensive to develop and manufacture, in order to comply with the NOx standards.

Thus forcing Volvo to look at electric engines as the way forward, even though majority of the cars Volvo sells in Europe have diesel engines.

Volvo is planning to come out with its first fully electric car by 2019 and Håkan Samuelsson was all praises for the electric car company, Tesla.

As per Håkan, Tesla has managed to offer a car people are queuing up to buy and Volvo too would be looking to offer an electric car which has good space, high quality and attractive design.

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