Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Volvo Will Exit from Internal Combustion in 2019 #Science #Environment #Energy

Swedish car maker Volvo says all its new cars from 2019 will have an electric motor, ending altogether the manufacture of automobiles that have only a combustion engine.

Volvo Cars, which describes the decision as "one of the most significant moves by any car maker," says it will have a range of models, including fully electric vehicles and hybrid cars.  Volvo to only make electric-powered cars from 2019

Since Volvo will continue making hybrid vehicles, this is not a complete exit from internal combustion but how much more clear does the message have to be.

CEO Hakan Samuelsson said Wednesday the policy reflects the wishes of customers.

He said: "People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers' current and future needs."

- PO

Much as methanol maniacs may decry the EVs, apparently people really do want them.

Note:  methanol is for when gasoline just isn't enough to fulfill your dreams of internal combustion since it's just not explosive enough.  For the really big fun, add nitro or other types of chemicals for the colossally big bang.  These motors often explode to the spectacular delight of the crowd.

My family has taken great pleasure in such nefarious behavior over the years and has blown up many motors.  All of that recalls the famous line from "Apocalypse Now:"  "God, how I love the smell of nitro in the morning."

Volvo said that it will launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021. Three of them will be Volvo models and two will be electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo Cars' performance car arm.

- PO

This isn't fortune telling anymore since they're making this move in less than eighteen months as part of their production schedule.

There's no need to flog anyone with an editorial since we know it's evolution in action but the newsworthy aspect at the Rockhouse is the speed at which it evolves.

In America, the major manufacturers in Detroit haven't taken EVs all that seriously since they offer such vehicles but the big money makers are the big, galumphing galoots as their monstro vehicles.

Actually, we do have one editorial since we saw the wizards at CNN touting the wonder of low gas prices but we weren't much surprised since they have never shown any awareness of systems.  American fracking is behind the oil glut which has brought prices down.  America wants to dominate the oil market and possibly for no greater motive than pushing those monstro vehicles with their six-year payments.  CNN was lamenting those payments in another article but, as I say, they never were much for systems.

Congratulations to Volvo on taking a commanding lead in the evolution.  If you're new to Ithaka then you may have missed previous articles regarding Lithium as the primary governor of production of EVs since it's required for the batteries.  In those discussions it was observed the doom and gloom forecasts regarding running out of the world's finite supply of Lithium neglected to consider recycling it from batteries which are being retired.  The recycling aspect hasn't gained much attention because there hasn't been that much production of EVs but it appears Volvo is actively moving to change that.

If Volvo is thinking in a truly systemic manner, they will have developed some way to manage recycling of Lithium.  We shall see.

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