Volvo Cars Bids Farewell to Diesel: The Last XC90 Diesel Car Produced in Sweden

Ghent is where Volvo built its final diesel car

Volvo Cars, a Swedish car manufacturer, has officially ended its production of diesel cars with the manufacturing of its final XC90 in its factory in Torslanda, Sweden. The company had announced the end of diesel production in September of the previous year. The last V60 with a diesel engine was already manufactured at the Ghent factory in February.

In 2019, a majority of the cars Volvo sold in Europe were diesel-powered, while electric models were just beginning to gain traction. However, Volvo has set a goal for the future, with plans for 59 percent of Volvos sold in Europe by 2023 to be rechargeable, either plug-in hybrid or fully electric. While Volvo still produces petrol cars, it aims to transition to producing only fully electric cars by the year 2030.

The last XC90 diesel car produced by Volvo will be displayed in a museum in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. Its electric counterpart, the EX90, represents Volvo’s dedication to electric mobility and sustainable practices in the automotive industry. The company has acknowledged that just five years ago, diesel engines were a central focus of their operations in Europe, alongside many other car manufacturers. However, with this move towards electrification, Volvo is paving the way for a more sustainable future in the automotive industry.

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