The End of an Era: Volvo Bids Farewell to Diesel Engines as it Embraces Electric Future

Ghent is where Volvo built its final diesel car

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has officially said goodbye to the diesel era with the production of its final diesel car, an XC90, at its factory in Torslanda. The company had announced the end of diesel production in September 2019, and the last V60 with a diesel engine was manufactured at the Ghent factory in February.

Just five years ago, diesel engines were a key focus for Volvo’s operations in Europe, as they were for many other car manufacturers. However, times have changed, and Volvo has set its sights on a greener future. In 2019, electric models began to gain traction among Volvo’s European customers. While Volvo still produces petrol cars, it aims to transition to producing only fully electric cars by 2030.

In fact, by 2023, Volvo hopes that 59 percent of the cars it sells in Europe will be rechargeable, either plug-in hybrid or fully electric. This shift towards sustainability is a clear sign of the company’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and promoting environmentally-friendly practices in the automotive industry.

The last XC90 diesel car produced by Volvo will be displayed in a museum in Gothenburg as a testament to the company’s dedication to sustainable mobility and its journey towards a cleaner future. Its electric counterpart, the EX90, represents this new direction and serves as a reminder that change is always possible when we set our minds to it.

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