BySteph Willemson January 24, 2020
Volvo’s XC90 midsize crossover is both a tony vehicle and a solid seller, but the push into electrification that began with the crossover’s second generation will be completed in its third.
The automaker has announced that the third-gen XC90, which arrives in 2022, will ditch gas-only powerplants for good.
Volvo only revealed its first fully electric vehicle â€” the XC40 Recharge small crossover â€” last year, with sales commencing in 2020, but the company anticipates drawing 50 percent of its volume from EVs by 2025. That’s a heady goal.
Helping Volvo in its greening quest is the newest SPA architecture underpinning the next generation of 60- and 90-series vehicles. It’s a versatile platform capable of accommodating different propulsion sources. As the third-gen XC90 borrows this platform, customers will be able to choose between an EV version and hybrid variants. The model first donned plug-in capability when the T8 PHEV appeared partway through 2015.