Volvo will be saying farewell to its pure petrol and diesel powertrains by 2019 with every model that it subsequently launches from then on featuring an electric motor. Now, everyone knows that one of its brand values is safety and it should be applauded for that - but when it comes to caring for the environment, the carmaker falls behind other manufacturers in this regard. However, that is likely to change in just two years from now.

The Swedish company will herald a new chapter in its history when it begins to offer pure electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and mild hybrids - but it isn’t ditching the good old combustion engine; it’ll still use petrol motors for the hybrids. It is set to launch five fully electric models between 2019 and 2021 (it already makes plug-in hybrid versions of the XC90 and S90/V90) and the decision to increase its focus on electrification has been due to ever-toughening vehicle emissions legislations in the three largest markets - Europe, US and China.

Owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the move by Volvo underlines its commitment to minimizing its environmental impact and to help make the cities of the future cleaner.