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Volvo To Go Full Electric, Says Goodbye To Gas Cars

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While it still remains one of the most well-known luxury brands of cars in the business, Volvo is not about to wait until it becomes left behind by current trends. As a result, the company has announced that it will be producing only electric cars in the future, saying goodbye to internal combustion engines. This makes Volvo the first of major car companies to take the leap.

It’s worth noting that many other companies are already putting in a lot of effort in creating their own electric car lineups, including Ford, GM, and BMW. However, none of the other major auto makers have declared an intention to fully commit to electric cars and abandon traditional gas vehicles. As Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson notes in a video attached to an official Tweet, the company is more than ready to do this.

“Volvo cars is taking a bold step forward,” Samuelsson said, “heralding the end of an era for the pure internal combustion engine.”

The company followed this up with a confirmation via press release, which states that as of 2019 and onward, the company will only be releasing electric cars.

“This is about the customer,” Samuelsson said in the press release. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.”

As Futurism notes, this announcement by Volvo is a huge turning point for the auto industry. An established car maker declaring that it was leaving behind the format that it was built on for a better future is exactly what renewable energy enthusiasts have been clamoring for. Volvo is the first to respond favorably.

It’s also worth noting that Volvo’s case is different compared to that of Tesla. Elon Musk built his company as a fully electric setup from the start. None of his vehicles used fossil fuel.

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