Volvo has revealed more details regarding its plans for electrification as well as its new lineup of vehicles to ride on the automaker’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA).
As previously reported, the CMA platform was developed simultaneously with Volvo’s larger Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and with the help of parent company Geely. SPA currently underpins the three-row 2016 Volvo XC90 crossover and will also serve as the chassis for the upcoming S90 sedan and the V90 wagon. That said, Volvo says the first CMA vehicle will arrive in 2017. Speculation suggests Volvo will launch the XC40 crossover first, before producing the S40 sedan and V40 wagon.
Like SPA, CMA’s modular design is compatible with hybrid and all-electric powertrains. Volvo says its first all-electric vehicle will be ready by 2019 and expects EVs to account for 10 percent of total sales by 2020. Volvo will first focus on rolling out plug-in hybrid models, starting with the 2016 XC90 T8. The XC90 T8 combines a 314-hp 2.0-liter twin-charged engine with two electric motors.
Volvo also has the ambitious goal of eliminating injuries and deaths in its new vehicles by 2020. It is also making a full commitment to autonomous driving technology, claiming it’ll accept liability if one of its cars causes an accident while driving in autonomous mode.