Richmond Hill, Ontario — Volvo has committed to end gas-only vehicle sales in Canada, limiting its offerings to hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs) by 2023.
According to a press release, the entire lineup of Volvo cars in Canada will consist of mild-hybrid, hybrid and electric vehicles by 2023. These vehicles will be equipped with a suite of Google apps including maps, voice controls and the play store for additional apps.
This follows the release of Volvo’s 2022 Mobility Trend Report in June, where the company said that 73 percent of Canadians said it was important to contribute to a greener future with their car. While Volvo’s report indicates a willingness to adopt EVs, a similar report by J.D. Power suggests that vehicle range remains a primary concern.
“Work and commuting routines have been disrupted and some are unlikely to return to what they were pre-pandemic,” said Matt Girgis, managing director for Volvo Car Canada. “We’re ecstatic to see Canadians increasing affinity for electric vehicles and a move towards more eco-conscious options.”
Volvo aims to have 25 percent of all new vehicles be composed of recycled and bio-based materials by 2025, only produce gas-free electric vehicles by 2030 and become fully circular by 2040.