All cars sold by Volvo from 2019 onwards will be battery-powered, in what the company called an “historic end” to building models that only have an internal combustion engine.

Between 2019 and 2021, the firm will launch five 100% electric cars, and ensure the rest of its conventional petrol and diesel range offers a hybrid engine of some form.

Håkan Samuelsson, the Volvo chief executive, said: “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car. Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1m electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”

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