Volvo has announced at Climate Week NYC to end of production of all diesel-powered Volvo Car models by early 2024.
The news means that in just a few months, the last diesel-powered Volvo car ever will have been built, following the manufacturer’s decision to exit the development of new combustion engines last year.
In November 2022, it sold our stake its stake in Aurobay – a joint venture company that represented the last of its combustion engine assets – with the firm not spending any money now on ICE research and development.
To underline its commitment, its Chief Sustainability Officer, Anders Kärrberg, will attend an event organised by the Accelerating to Zero (A2Z) Coalition at this year’s Climate Week NYC. The coalition provides a multi-stakeholder platform for signatories of the Glasgow Declaration on Zero Emission Vehicles, of which Volvo are one.
The A2Z platform allows it to collaborate and coordinate actions with others towards the coalition’s collective target of making 100% of global new car and van sales free of tailpipe emissions by 2040, and no later than 2035 in leading markets.
Jim Rowan, Chief Executive at Volvo Cars, said: “Electric powertrains are our future, and superior to combustion engines: they generate less noise, less vibration, less servicing costs for our customers and zero tailpipe emissions. We’re fully focused on creating a broad portfolio of premium, fully electric cars that deliver on everything our customers expect from a Volvo – and are a key part of our response to climate change.”
“What the world needs now, at this critical time for our planet and humanity, is leadership,” says Jim Rowan. “It is high time for industry and political leaders to be strong and decisive, and deliver meaningful policies and actions to fight climate change. We’re committed to doing our part and encourage our peers as well as political leaders around the globe to do theirs.”
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