Volvo will experience a total transition to electric over the next few years, with a turning point that will lead the brand to completely abandon internal combustion engines. As part of this epochal change, the Swedish brand will also say goodbye to the current nomenclature for its future battery-powered models, with Volvo’s next EVs which will be identified with a proper name “like a child.” This is the choice made by the CEO of the Scandinavian brand Hakan Samuelsson who explained in more detail the reasons behind this decision.
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“After the XC90 we will have more emotional names – Volvo’s number one told Autocar – If you look at today’s cars, they all have a very ‘engineering’ name: XC, T8, all-wheel drive, double overhead cams. They are all specific to the back of many cars. We are talking about a totally new architecture, a new generation of fully electric cars born with central processing. It’s nice and clear to point out that this is a new beginning, which is why we won’t have numbers and letters or an engineering-like name. We will give them a name as you give it to a newborn. ” A process that will begin soon but has not yet materialized for the car it will collect the legacy of Volvo XC90, as explained by Samuelsson himself: “The discussion is still ongoing, there are several creative and interesting ideas on the table.”
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Volvo is currently working on an electric crossover that will be based on Geely’s SEA platform. “It is very likely that this model will be built in China, with the new XC90 arriving on the market sometime, whose debut is scheduled for 2022. – continued Samuelsson – “Then there will be more models in the range and we should start thinking about new body shapes: it’s not just sedans, station wagons and SUVs. Electrification will also change the shape of cars. They will have to be more aerodynamic, with a surprising style. “