Hakan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo, has confirmed that the Swedish automaker isn’t interested in hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.
Talking with Wards Auto at the recent Geneva motor show, Samuelsson said that “battery electrification is what we believe in”.
He went on to say: “With hydrogen you would require all new infrastructure once more, so I think there is a limit to what people will invest in. We believe we have to focus on one main energy source and we believe that is electrification because it’s more flexible.”
Samuelsson did temper his statements somewhat by saying “you should never say never” and “we might be wrong”.
Above: Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid.
Volvo is due to release its first EV in 2019. Lex Kerssemakers, its US boss, recently confirmed that the vehicle would have a range of around 400km, and will be priced to compete with the Chevrolet Bolt and the forthcoming Tesla Model 3.
In an interview with CarAdvice in Geneva, Samuelsson stated that Volvo believes that the only way it can meet future emissions regulations is with a mix of pure electric vehicles, and cars featuring both a petrol engine and an electric motor.
He also reiterated his company’s commitment to utilising internal combustion engines with a maximum of four cylinders.