Volvo’s T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrids hope to be vehicles of change. As the country’s first premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), the Volvo S90 sedan, XC60 SUV, and XC90 SUV let you breathe deeply inside its luxuriously appointed cabins.
The future is electric
Launched through a sustainable mobility forum entitled, “The Future is Electric,” these literal vehicles of change can be one of the solutions to helping people save Mother Earth. Organized in cooperation with Partnership for Clean Air, a multi-sector network that promotes air quality management, this forum has provided an opportunity to train the spotlight on climate issues and cars.
Aside from discussing the various environmental issues that plague the planet today, the forum also emphasized one of Volvo Cars’ global plans – the aim to generate 50 percent of global sales from fully electric cars by 2025. This goal would result in a 50 percent reduction in tailpipe carbon emissions per car between 2018 and 2025.
Clean Air Asia
The quest for cleaner air and the importance of air quality were also tackled by Clean Air Asia’s Transport Program Coordinator, Ms. Kathleen Dematera. In her comprehensive report, she shared the different sources of emissions and their effects on human health and the environment.
Aside from industrial emissions and ambient air pollution, traffic emissions are considered to be the leading source of urban PM2.5 Considered to be the most harmful form of air pollution because of its microscopic size, particulate matter can linger in the air and is able to penetrate into the lungs and bloodstream. This can lead to adverse health conditions such as respiratory diseases, heart diseases, and premature deaths. Particulate matter also affects the environment through smog (smoke and fog), acid rain, and ocean acidification.
Since the transport sector is responsible for at least 22-percent of the global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and energy consumption, it is therefore critical that steps are taken to achieve the global goal of reducing emissions to reach a 2-degree scenario.
Hybrids for cleaner air all around
While Volvo cars have always been designed to protect people, it is also the company’s goal to protect the world around them. With Volvo’s recently recharged goals, the company is taking a step further by working on its ambition to reduce its carbon footprint by 40 percent per car by 2025 and be climate neutral by 2040.
Volvo has always been aware of the environmental impact their cars make. With an eye to uphold its vision of responsible luxury, Volvo aims to reduce its total operational carbon emissions by 25 percent per car compared to 2018. This includes everything from manufacturing to business travel and retailer network. Volvo is already working towards climate neutrality in its manufacturing operations by 2025, and is making good progress with around 80 percent of its global plants powered by renewable electricity.
Volvo also intends to reduce supply chain carbon emissions – a major part of its overall value chain emissions – by 25 percent per car by 2025 compared to 2018. This includes emissions generated from the production of components and materials, and from the extraction of minerals and metals. There’s a multi-pronged plan to achieve this vision including helping suppliers to increase their renewable energy use, as well as using more sustainable materials in their cars and reducing waste. This is in addition to its current goal of achieving at least 25 percent recyclability of all plastics used in new Volvo cars launched after 2025.
Volvo has always been proud of its efforts in giving a superior in-car environment. Along with its cutting-edge innovations is the CleanZone air purification system, one of the most efficient on the market that has been further improved by adding a new carbon filter for more efficient capture of small, harmful particles and pollen in the incoming air. This ensures that the air people breathe inside a Volvo is even cleaner than the air outside the car.
Breathe comfortably in a Volvo
Volvo’s T8 Twin Engine with plug-in hybrid technology delivers an exhilarating drive with uncompromised efficiency. Combining a high-performance petrol engine and an electric motor, this powertrain allows outstanding highway performance and zero-emission commuting – with all-wheel drive capability when needed.
The Pure electric mode prioritizes electric drive with a zero-emission driving range up to 40 km, ideal for daily shuttling. In Hybrid mode, both the electric motor and the petrol engine are utilized to optimize performance, fuel consumption, and comfort, while the Power mode uses all available power to maximize performance.
Just charge and drive especially with the Volvo Wallbox that allows you to charge your car at home, or wherever you had it installed. With this, you’ll find charging your Volvo T8 Twin Engine Plug-in Hybrid as easy as charging your phone.
The exceptional range of powerful yet environmentally-friendly cars – the Volvo S90, the XC60, and the XC90 T8 Twin Engine Plug-in Hybrids – invite people to enjoy the clean power of Volvo’s electrified cars – recharged for a better drive and the vision of a climate-neutral future.
Not only will you feel confident to breathe comfortably inside a Volvo because of its clean cabin innovations, knowing you’re safe and contributing to a global cause of alleviating air pollution will also make you breathe a sigh of confidence.