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Volvo CEO: China should seek automakers' input on EV rules
Hakan Samuelsson | 2017/10/13

At Volvo Cars, we believe electrification for car propulsion is the way forward. That is why we welcome the recent initiatives of the Chinese government promoting electric cars. 

In July, Volvo became the first established car company to embrace electrification as the core of its future business. We announced that starting in 2019, every new Volvo model launched will be a hybrid or 
fully electric car.

A shift towards electrified vehicles is one of the most significant contributions to mitigating climate change and creating cleaner air in cities.

But the path to this improved future will be difficult unless private and public sectors work together closely.

In Volvos home Nordic market, we have a long tradition of functioning relationships between public and private parties, enabling effective introduction of rules, regulations and infrastructure to support new technologies. We believe this model offers important lessons as we move forward towards a fossil-free future. 

Already the electric car market is developing at a swift pace, driven by stricter legislation, changing customer preferences and declining cost of electric technology components.

Today, there are more than 2 million fully electric or plug-in hybrids on global roads. Five years ago, there were almost none. By 2020 there may be as many as 20 million, a number that could rise to at least 40 million by 2025. 

A change of this size cannot be made without governments, regulators and the car industry working together to find a sensible timetable that combines ambition with economic reality and development of customer demand. A partnership between the public and private sectors is crucial for success.

We believe the following concrete measures should be taken:

  • Avoid regulations that hamper the development and sales of electrified cars, such as localization requirements;
  • Base legislation on emission level and not mandated technical solutions;
  • Support development of charging infrastructure;
  • Continue to offer incentives to secure a swift transition to electrified cars;
  • Encourage investments and funding to develop the next generation of electric vehicles.

The overall direction is clear. We are committed to a future that minimizes our carbon footprint, gives consumers the cars they want and contributes to cleaner air in our cities.

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