Volvo Cars is reportedly gearing up to bring plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) for the India market.
According to ET Swedish luxury-car manufacturer will completely focus on electric cars and plug-in hybrids. Plug-in hybrids are electric vehicles that can also run on conventional fuels.
Richard Snijders, vice-president for the Asia-Pacific Region at Volvo Cars speaking to the publication said “We are now going fully after electric. Indians are talking a lot about electrification. We would like to skip the ICE investments and go straight towards electrification.” He added “We expect to launch first locally assembled plugin hybrid car within 18 months and probably an electric car in the next 12 months after that.”
Charles Frump, managing director of Volvo Cars India said the company has been working on a plug-in hybrid and will launch Made in India XC90 SUV with plug-in hybrid technology sometime in last quarter of this FY.
The Swedish car major also announced its plan to completely stop making internal combustion engine (ICE) only models from 2019.
The report citing close sources confirmed the company’s plans to bring in the high-end XC90 SUV with the plug-in hybrid technology. Volvo Car is planning to launch recently unveiled luxury sedan S60 in India.