Is there a trend here?
Volvo isn't the first nor will it be the last. According to Auto Express, Maserati will be the next automaker planning an electric future, effectively ditching internal combustion as the sole powertrain in its lineup. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne recently told investors about his all-electric future vision for Maserati. Specifically, he explained that electrification is "an integral part of the development of the FCA group," but that FCA has "been reluctant to embrace that avenue until we saw clearer the path forward." That path is now evidently clear.
"When Maserati completes the development of its next two models, it will effectively switch all of its portfolio to electrification," Marchionne stated. "As these products come up for renewal post 2019, it will start launching vehicles which are all-electric and which embody, I think, what will be considered state of the art technology." As for which specific vehicle(s) will be the first to gain this powertrain tech is anyone's guess right now, but a good bet would be the production version of the Alfieri concept that first debuted back in 2014. We already about the possibility of the next Gran Turismo launching in 2020, but regardless of when it comes out it will surely have a plug-in hybrid option.
Marchionne specifically wants Maseratis to lead FCA with plug-in hybrid tech, beginning 2019. The electrification plan, once again according to Marchionne, will conclude in 2022. By then, more than half of the FCA lineup will be electrified, and Maserati will lead the way.