Volvo’s last diesel car will roll off the assembly line “in early 2024,” the company said. Back in 2017, the automaker said it would stop producing diesel cars around that time.

A few years later, Volvo set a more ambitious goal, promising to sell exclusively electric cars by 2030.

“Just four years ago, the diesel engine was our bread and butter in Europe,” Volvo said in a statement. A lot has changed since then. In July 2023, hybrid and all-electric vehicles accounted for more than half of all car sales in Europe, while diesel cars accounted for only 14% of sales in the same period.

Although Volvo still produces cars that run on gas, the company has promised that it will “no longer spend a single crown of the R&D budget on the development of new internal combustion engines.”

Tesla’s focus on electric vehicles and VW’s 2015 emissions scandal, known as Dieselgate, were two key factors that prompted Volvo to reach this conclusion.

Former Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson said back in 2017: “We have to admit that Tesla has managed to offer a car that people line up for. “There should also be a place for us in this area, with high quality and attractive design.”

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