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Just Like Bob Dylan, Volvo Is Going Electric

Auto suppliers are the biggest winners from Swedish carmaker's move.
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Say what you like about Volvo, whose vehicles are famously safe but boring, its staff certainly know how to write a press release. On Wednesday, the Swedish auto-maker declared the end of the “solely combustion engine-powered car” and trumpeted how from 2019 all of its cars will have an electric motor.

To be clear, that doesn’t mean Volvo -- owned by China's Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. -- is about to do away entirely with petrol or diesel engines, nor will it sell only fully electric cars, a la Tesla Inc.