Wed. Oct 4th, 2023
    Volvo to Stop Production and Sale of Diesel Vehicles by Next Year

    Volvo, a leader in the automotive industry’s shift towards sustainability, has announced that it will cease the production and sale of diesel-fueled vehicles by next year. This decision aligns with Volvo’s commitment to producing only electric vehicles by 2030 and becoming “climate neutral” by 2040.

    The Swedish automaker had already signaled its intention to phase out diesel engines in 2017 due to the increasing costs of emissions technologies. However, the news that the very last Volvo fitted with a diesel engine will be built “a few months from now” serves as a stark reminder that gasoline vehicles will soon face a similar fate.

    There are two primary reasons for Volvo’s abandonment of diesel. Firstly, according to Volvo Chief Executive Jim Rowan, electric powertrains are simply superior. They offer benefits such as generating less noise, vibration, and lower servicing costs, along with zero tailpipe emissions.

    The second reason behind this decision is the urgency to combat climate change. Rowan emphasizes the need for industry and political leaders to take strong and decisive action. Volvo is committed to playing its part in fighting climate change and encourages its peers and global political leaders to do the same.

    Reflecting on the rapid transformation, Volvo highlights that in 2019, the majority of its sales in Europe were diesel vehicles. However, this trend has rapidly reversed due to changing market demands, stricter emission regulations, and Volvo’s focus on electrification. Now, the majority of Volvo’s sales in Europe consist of electrified cars, either fully electric or plug-in hybrids.

    Volvo’s decision to stop the production and sale of diesel vehicles underscores its dedication to a sustainable future. By embracing electric powertrains and pushing for meaningful action on climate change, the company serves as a driving force in the transition to cleaner transportation.