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Volvo Cars Plans First All-Electric Vehicle by 2019

  • Company to produce plug-in hybrids, electric cars across range
  • Decision comes as diesel engines tarnished by VW scandal
A charging plug of a Volvo XC-90 electric automobile.

A charging plug of a Volvo XC-90 electric automobile.

Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg
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Volvo Car Group is developing its first all-electric car and broadening its range of plug-in hybrid vehicles, betting that their time has come in the wake of Volkswagen AG’s diesel scandal.

The first step will be the introduction of plug-in hybrid versions of the larger 90-series and 60-series cars, the Gothenburg-based manufacturer said in a statement on Thursday. Volvo has a plug-in hybrid version of the new XC90 SUV on the market and will offer the same option for the S90 sedan that is set to be introduced next year. The carmaker said it will offer the fully electric vehicle by 2019.