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Volvo to go electric by 2019

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The move to electric is fast gathering pace.

Volvos plan is to launch five electric models between 2019 and 2021 and a number of hybrid models and they aim to sell one million electrified cars by 2025.


Chinese owned Volvo claims that all their new models will be hybrid or electric by 2019. Time is ticking, so how will this affect the vehicle dismantling industry. We asked a Volvo specialist dismantler for a view point and how it will directly affect the business.

Josh Palmer, Sales Manager from ACD of Lancashire, Chrysler Jeep Dodge & Volvo Specialists said, “Volvo going electric by 2019 could be either a good thing or bad respectively depending on the technology and how much they actually change with their cars:

From a dismantling point of view we would have to train our staff on how to safely remove and dispose of the batteries, figure out whether we could sell these second-hand or whether they would have to be bought new direct from Volvo.

From our point of view we could still sell Engines, Driveshafts and other components from the drive chains.

We should imagine that no breaker yard will see an Electric Volvo for a few years after release dates but then again if a battery fails they could cost thousands to replace (if not under warranty I’m unsure on the lifespan of these batteries).

We would like to think that we will continue to grow with these electric cars both dismantling them and fixing them in our Garage which we run to.

ACD are committed to working with the future and are willing to invest in working with the new technology.”

This does not mean an end to the combustion engine by any means, at least not yet. But because emissions regulations are getting much tighter according to the EU Parliament proposal from 2021, carmakers in the EU will have to ensure that nearly half their fleet’s average CO2 output is no higher than 95gm/km. A big jump from 2015 levels of 130gm/km.

But in order to decrease these CO2 figures, and because producing fully-electric models is not only expensive and time consuming (especially when trying to mass market affordable vehicles with good performance), an option is to produce hybrid vehicles. By fitting electric motors to cars with conventional engines offers a way of bringing down emissions while still maintaining performance.

Hakan Samuelsson, the Volvo chief executive, said that their main goal is to make Volvo more environmentally friendly. He said that “it is a clear commitment towards reducing our carbon footprint, as well as contributing to a better air quality in our cities. We are convinced that the future of Volvo is electric...”

Of course, Volvo are not the only ones going electric, something that is inevitable across the board over time. Tesla, US –based electric car firm has announced its deliveries of their first mass-market car, the Model 3 by the end of this month and they hope to make 20,000 Model 3 cars before the end of the year.

BMW is reportedly planning to launch an electric version of its popular 3 Series later this year, American General Motors will soon begin selling its popular Chevrolet Bolt in the US and Audi plans to introduce a fully electric sports utility vehicle in 2018, while Fords plan is to launch one by 2020.

France have announced their plans to ban the sale of petrol and diesel-powered cars across the country by 2040.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, they project that electric models will make up 35% of all new car sales by 2040.

Let’s see how this move to electric will affect the dismantling industry in the long term…

Links to sources
http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170315/ANE/170319958/why-tougher-eu-emissions-rules-put-the-combustion-engines-future-in. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/05/volvo-cars-electric-hybrid-2019.

August 2018


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