Volvo is giving up on diesel engines and will continue to develop new petrol powered hybrid engines to power its future cars.
With stricter emission regulations coming in and being enforced by many countries across the world, diesel engines will soon be phased out. Due to the excess nitrogen oxides and various other polluting substances like oxides of sulphur produced by the burning of diesel, they are being slowly shunned by the automotive world.
With the success of Tesla and their all electric cars, the future looks to be powered by zero emission electric cars. The many like-able aspects of diesel engines are the low end grunt provided which makes driving them easy and also makes them fuel efficient as well. Electric engines produce all their torque from standstill making it an even more friendly car in terms of drive-ability, with less effort on the silent pedal making things move along swiftly.
“We have just launched a brand new generation of petrol and diesel engines, highlighting our commitment to this technology. As a result, a decision on the development of a new generation of diesel engines is not required,” – Hakan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo Car Group
Petrol engines make power higher in the rev range making you work for all the oomph. This is why driving a petrol car is rewarding as you get treated to a screaming engine note when you wring it out to access all the power. To improve low end performance is where hybrids come in and look to be the present. Petrol hybrids should act as the transition bridge as we move to full electric or other forms of fuel powered vehicles. Volvo have introduced a turbocharged, supercharged, and inter-cooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter motor T8 motor in the latest iteration of the XC90. There is also a 9.2-kWh battery pack in the centre of the drive-train for additional hp sending power to the rear wheels.
This is the future that Volvo sees, using small displacement petrol engines with turbo and supercharging further supplemented with electric power. A summary of all the performance enhancing tweaks that help improve efficiency, the XC90 a seven seater SUV claims a mileage of 40 kpl while doing 0-100 in 5.3 seconds!
The current generation of Volvo diesel engines were introduced in 2013 and will be improved to meet future emissions standards till 2023 when their production will be ceased. Around 90% sales of its flagship SUV – the XC90 come from diesel models, so will Volvo be able to convince them all to move to their petrol hybrid platforms?
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