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Volvo has formally made its LAST diesel automotive

  • Swedish model confirms an XC90 SUV constructed on 26 March is its final ever diesel automotive
  • Company will now speed up transition to turning into an EV-ONLY maker in 2030

Swedish automotive maker Volvo has produced its closing diesel automotive because it accelerates in the direction of an electrical future.

Its final diesel ever is an oil-burning instance of its XC90 SUV that got here off its meeting line in Toslanda, Sweden, on Tuesday 26 March.

In an announcement – through which Volvo stated ‘goodbye diesel, hiya electrical’ – the model dubbed the second a ‘big milestone’ in its 97-year historical past and a ‘massive step’ in the direction of turning into a completely electrical automotive maker from 2030.

Diesel no more: Volvo has confirmed that this XC90 - produced at its Toslanda factory in Sweden on 26 March - is officially the last diesel car it will ever make

Diesel no extra: Volvo has confirmed that this XC90 – produced at its Toslanda manufacturing unit in Sweden on 26 March – is formally the final diesel automotive it can ever make

It confirms the top of 45-year diesel bloodline for Volvo and formally makes it the primary main ‘legacy’ automotive maker to finish ditch diesel powertrains for good because it switches its consideration to EVs.

And transition has gathered important tempo within the final 5 years. 

Volvo says that again in 2019, diesel was its ‘bread and butter’ and represented the ‘majority’ of its vehicles offered in Europe.

However, by 2022 simply 8.9 per cent of recent Volvos have been diesels.

In distinction, seven in 10 of its new fashions offered on the continent final 12 months have been totally electrical, because the producer seems to be to separate itself from the ‘soiled’ diesel picture and cleared the path within the EV revolution.

The announcement confirmed a dedication Volvo made throughout final 12 months’s Climate Week occasion in New York that it will terminate diesel outputs for as soon as and for all in 2024. 

The last diesel Volvo - a blue 2.0-litre XC90 - won't be sold to the public. Instead, it will be displayed at the new World of Volvo museum in Göteborg, which is due to open to the public on 14 April

The final diesel Volvo – a blue 2.0-litre XC90 – will not be offered to the general public. Instead, it is going to be displayed on the new World of Volvo museum in Göteborg, which is because of open to the general public on 14 April

Volvo turns its back on diesel: The Swedish car maker is officially the first 'legacy' vehicle manufacturer to entirely ditch oil-burning engines

Volvo turns its again on diesel: The Swedish automotive maker is formally the primary ‘legacy’ car producer to completely ditch oil-burning engines

Volvo says that 7 in 10 new models it sold in Europe last year were EVs, as the company looks to accelerate towards its ambition of being an electric-only car maker by 2030. Pictured: the electric Volvo EX30

Volvo says that 7 in 10 new fashions it offered in Europe final 12 months have been EVs, as the corporate seems to be to speed up in the direction of its ambition of being an electric-only automotive maker by 2030. Pictured: the electrical Volvo EX30

‘For a very long time, our diesel engines have been synonymous with reliability and effectivity, they usually meant an awesome deal to us for a lot of a long time. Indeed, the success of our diesel vehicles performed a major position in our evolution right into a premium model,’ the corporate stated.

‘In latest years, the electrical revolution has advanced faster than most of us may have imagined – and it’s largely propelled by tightening laws round tailpipe emissions, in addition to buyer demand in response to the local weather disaster and a need for cleaner city air.’

The final diesel Volvo – a blue 2.0-litre XC90 – will not be offered to the general public. 

Instead, it is going to be displayed on the new World of Volvo museum in Göteborg, which is because of open to the general public on 14 April.

While it means prospects throughout Europe will quickly not be capable to get their fingers on a brand new Volvo oil burner, this has been the case in Britain for a matter of months.

This is as a result of Volvo UK eliminated diesel-engined vehicles from its showrooms again in September.

The firm continues to supply plug-in and mild-hybrid fashions, which it says ‘act as an ideal bridge’ in the direction of its plans to promote solely EVs from 2030.

Volvo will now embark on refitting its factories for EV manufacturing and the manufacturing of battery drivetrains.

How much have diesel car sales plummeted in the last decade? In 2013, one in two new motors registered were oil burners. Last year, that ratio fell to fewer than one in 13

How a lot have diesel automotive gross sales plummeted within the final decade? In 2013, one in two new motors registered have been oil burners. Last 12 months, that ratio fell to fewer than one in 13

Decade demise of diesel 

The fall in demand for diesel vehicles has been effectively documented in recent times.

Since the diesel emissions dishonest scandal hit entrance pages in 2015, gross sales of oil burners have gone into reverse.

MARKET SHARE BY FUEL TYPE (2013-2013)

– DIESEL

2013: 49.8%

2023: 7.5% 

– PETROL

2013: 48.8%

2023: 47.4%

– ALTERNATIVE FUEL (EV, PLUG-IN HYBRID, HYBRID)

2013: 1.4%

2023: 36.5%

Source: SMMT 

In 2013, 49.8 per cent [yes, half!] of all new vehicles registered have been diesels. 

That was greater than petrols (48.8 per cent) whereas ‘various gas automobiles’ – each hybrids and electrical automobiles (EVs) mixed – represented the remaining 1.4 per cent of gross sales 10 years in the past.

Official registration figures printed by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) present {that a} mere 7.5 per cent of recent automotive gross sales have been diesels final 12 months – that is fewer than one in 13 motors getting into the highway, down from one in two a decade earlier.

Despite the large decline in diesel urge for food, petrols retain at the same market share as they did in 2013 as a consequence of a dramatic uptake of hybrids and EVs.

Unleaded-powered fashions made up 47.4 per cent of registrations final 12 months, which is 1.4 share factors down on a decade in the past.

As such, the rise in greener car gross sales means the common CO2 emission output for brand spanking new vehicles has fallen by 15 per cent from 128.3g/km in 2013 to 108.9 final 12 months.