Volvo has announced it will cease to manufacture cars with an internal combustion engine (ICE) from 2019, opting to use electric motors.

The company has stated it will now be placing electrification at the core of its future business model, meaning that there will be no Volvo cars without an electric motor in the future.

Volvo has made the decision based on its goal of reducing the carbon emissions of both its products as well as its operations.

It aims to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025.

The decision will see the manufacturer introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across its model range, embracing fully electric cars, plug in hybrid cars and mild hybrid cars.

From 2019 to 2021 Volvo will launch five fully electric cars, three of which will be Volvo models and two of which will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar, the company's performance vehicle arm.

These new vehicles will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug in hybrid and mild hybrid 48 volt options on all models.

Volvo president and chief executive Håkan Samuelsson said the decision was heavily influenced by changing consumer demands and expectations.

“People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.

"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."

The decision also follows this month’s announcement that Volvo will turn Polestar into a new separately-branded electrified global high performance car company.

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