From 2019, every car made by Volvo will have an electric motor. Using a combination of fully electric motors and hybrid motors, the Swedish company will become the first traditional manufacturer to commit to this technology. "This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine powered car," said Volvo's president Håkan Samuelsson. Between 2019 and 2021 Volvo will launch five electric cars. Two will be branded as Polestars, the company’s high-performance unit. Other cars in the Volvo range will be offered with plug-in hybrid motors, or ‘mild’ hybrid motors. Mild hybrids use the internal combustion engine and electric motor together to create greater fuel efficiency. Volvo has been owned by the Chinese firm Geely since 2010 and there is a great interest in producing electric vehicles for the Chinese market. More than half the electric or hybrid cars sold last year were sold in China, according to the Center for Automotive Research at the University of Duissberg-Essen.
Questions What are Volvo planning to do? How will the cars be branded? Who owns Volvo?
Vocabulary Highlight for solutions
hybrid – a mix of technologies internal combustion – fuelled by petrol diesel or gas (in the US ‘gas’ can refer to petrol and diesel) to plug in – connect to the electricity supply/computer, etc.
Grammar Highlight for solutions
Which future forms are used in the text? Why are they used? Could other future forms be used? Would this change the meaning?
The ‘will’ future is used to make predictions in the text. Another possibility in this article would be to use the going to future. This would suggest that the plans were firmly fixed, perhaps making them sound more certain: ‘From 2019, every car made by Volvo is going to have an electric motor’.