Starting 2030, Volvo automaker will no longer sell gas and diesel engines. Instead, it will only sell electric cars and only through online transactions as announced by the company.
In its plan to go fully electric, Volvo automaker will stop selling gas and diesel engine cars by the close of the decade. By that time, Volvo customers can only buy electric vehicles from Volvo, says S. Dent of Engadget.
Volvo automaker sales will only be done through online
Furthermore, electric vehicle sales will only be done online. This is to establish direct relationships with customers and to get rid of any trade-ins. Volvo automaker is committed to investing heavily in online transactions to radically simplify the complexity of the company’s product offerings.
This is part of the earlier company commitment to have 50% of its total car sales be fully electric. And the company intends to achieve this by 2025. The company strongly believes that the market for combustion vehicles is already diminishing. As the company’s chief technology officer Henrik Green said that the future for combustion engine cars is getting bleak. The company is strongly committed to shift and become the only electric carmaker and is committed to fully transition by 2030.
The price of its electric cars will be uniformed across the world. As customers can only order cars through the company’s official website. There will still be Volvo Studios and Showrooms, which will only cater to deliveries and services.
The company’s relationship with its retailers across the world will be crucial. As they will be responsible for delivering, servicing, and car maintenance. Moreover, retailers will also facilitate test drives and can also help facilitate online sale transactions.
Other carmakers are joining the trend
Volvo automaker seems to be following in the footsteps of Tesla. Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, is also getting more aggressive in its electric vehicle lineup with no dealerships. Other carmakers have also revealed their plans to shift to Electric Vehicle.
Ford also plans to abolish gas engines also by the end of the decade, but only in Europe. General Motors also said that the company is shifting to only selling Electric Vehicles across the world by 2035. Meanwhile, German automaker Volkswagen has committed to producing 1.5 million Electric Vehicles by 2025. While Mercedes-Benz has officially revealed its plan to build six all-electric cars within the coming years.
Carmakers shift to Electric Vehicle as response to climate change
All these efforts are being done as a response to tackle the climate change crisis. This has accelerated the trend to shift to electric vehicles. Otherwise, carmakers will end up losing their customers and going against regulators.
Europe has imposed aggressive regulations in order to minimize greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. And the carmakers are at risk of huge penalties if they do not comply with the imposed regulations. Europe has gone ahead of the United States is shifting to electric vehicles.
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