Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson

Volvo is a well-known automotive manufacture having long tradition in making diesel engines will longer manufacture diesel-powered cars and that comes at a cost. “From today’s point of view, we will not develop any new generation diesel engines,” said CEO Hakan Samuelsson. The Swedes, of course, wanted to further develop their current diesel, which was introduced only in 2013, and adapt it to the future exhaust emission limit value Euro 6c, but then the financial expenditure for a new technology would be too high. Samuelsson does not want to determine how long the existing engine generation can stay in the program.

The Volvo CEO divides the motor future into two stages: the one to 2020, which is based on the limit of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer in the flotation average agreed in the EU. And in those, in which other prescriptions are likely to come into play. The 95-gram limit could not be reached without diesel, Samuelsson reiterates, which also all other company leaders say. However, with ever lower values, the chemical after treatment for controlling nitrogen oxide emissions is so expensive that it is no longer worthwhile even in larger, thus more expensive and more profitable vehicles.

Volvo wants instead to rely on the electrification of the future entire model range. This is about gentle electrical support of the gasoline engine via a 48-volt electrical system, plug-in rechargeable hybrids and fully electric vehicles at the socket. Volvo plans to launch a first purely electric car in 2019. The Swedes have a top-class product in mind. “It must be acknowledged that Tesla has managed to offer such a car for which the people are queuing. In the area, we should also have space, with high quality and attractive design, “says Samuelsson with a view to the American electric car manufacturer and competitor.

With its electric car offer, Volvo and a number of other vendors would enter the market just before the time when, according to the will of the federal government, one million electric cars should be driven on the streets. However, the breakthrough for the electric drive could come very suddenly. This was similar to smartphones. That is why one has to prepare for e-mobility in Germany. Merkel’s assessment contradicted on Tuesday, however, Federal Minister of Economics Brigitte Zypries and Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks (both SPD). “We should not abandon our ambitious targets for electromobility in Germany, but we should rather consider how we make Germany the lead market and lead provider for electromobility,” the ministers said.

The diesel remains an important building block for a company like Volvo. Volvo chief Samuelsson has so far not answered for the requirements of the German market, where the diesel is not to be beat among the frequenters on the highway. Each gasoline engine will consume approximately 20 percent more fuel and emit more carbon dioxide than a comparable diesel engine. If he has to tow the roughly 400 kilos of hybrid units on long-haul routes, the output and consumption are even higher. This is particularly true of the heavy sporting off-road vehicles (SUVs), which mainly carry the Swedish business. But Volvo, owned by Geely from China, thinks globally, and there are general speed limits in the countries most important to the company as well as in the Swedish home market. The gasoline engines are to be developed on the alignment. In Germany, Volvo sells around 40,000 cars a year, mainly with a diesel engine.

However, Volvo also argues from a situation of limited financial resources. The Swedes, who have been exempted from the crisis of existence with some success, have removed all the larger engines from the program. There are only four-cylinder engines, and a new three-cylinder engine will soon appear. The latter, by the way, is still not the era, also as Diesel.


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