Volvo to assemble plug-in hybrids in India
- Volvo Cars has confirmed that it will be the first carmaker to assemble plug-in hybrid vehicles in India.
- The very first locally assembled plug-in hybrid from the Swedish company will be the brand’s flagship XC90 SUV, which will launch next year.
- After the XC90, a range of plug-in hybrids from Volvo will arrive in India in the span of the next three years, and would eventually replace the brand’s current diesel dominated lineup.
- On this development, Charles Frump, Managing Director of Volvo India said, “The localization of plug-in hybrids marks the future of electrification for us. Our customers are increasingly becoming aware about the rise in pollution levels and degrading environment. However, till the time we have supporting infrastructure, plug-in hybrids offer the intermediate solution”.
- In 2017, Volvo confirmed that beginning 2019, it will globally phase out conventional engines in favour of hybrid or fully-electric powertrains. Volvo India’s announcement to locally assembled plug-in hybrid echoes its global philosophy.