Diesel engines have not been favored in Europe lately: at first they were attractive because of their economy, but then there were complaints about dirty exhaust due to soot particles, and then the fight against nitrogen oxides continued. Therefore, diesels are gradually falling under local bans: for example, entering certain cities. There is an agitation for the introduction of gasoline hybrids: they are more “eco-friendly” and the hybrid component allows for good fuel consumption.
Car manufacturers are reacting accordingly by changing their own model range. And this leads to the following consequences: Volvo will stop producing diesel-powered cars from the beginning of 2024. The last models with turbo diesels will be current Volvo models (such as the Volvo XC60), which will continue to be produced in gasoline or gasoline-hybrid versions.
Volvo’s overall development plan envisages the full electrification of its model range by 2030. It seems that by that time, all cars in the existing model line will be completed, and the next new products will be exclusively electric. Thus, there is still some time for a smooth and gradual replacement of cars and a change in the model range.
But the trends are clear and understandable right now: first, diesel engines will be phased out, then gasoline engines will be phased out, and then only electric motors.