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Volvo launches first plug-in hybrids in PH

Volvo Philippines officially launched the country’s first plug-in hybrids. Through a triumvirate of fast and fierce premium vehicles — the Volvo XC60 SUV, the Volvo S90 estate, and the mid-sized premium SUV Volvo XC90 — the Swedish carmaker aims to turn the tide for safer and cleaner mobility.

True to its distinctive character, Volvo PH formally introduced its set of powerful yet eco-conscious T8 Twin Engine vehicles at an environmental forum. With distinguished guests from the public and private sectors, crucial points in the pursuit of electric mobility and environmental change were discussed.

The future of electric mobility
We dare to make a change for the better, starting with how we create our car, declared Alberto Arcilla, chief executive officer and president of Volvo Philippines. In a bold statement reminiscent of the Volvo Global declaration of redefining personal mobility and rethinking traditional car ownership, the visionary leader of Volvo Philippines opened the forum with hard facts about the environmental challenges everyone is facing, and how Volvo is leading the charge in transforming the automotive landscape.

Volvo has always been cognizant of our part in environmental issues. That is the reason we have incorporated care for the environment as one of our core values. As early as the 1970s, Volvo had already made concrete steps in finding solutions to environmental challenges. Since then, Volvo has pushed the boundaries in addressing the environmental impact that our cars make, he added.

Aside from being a founding member of the United Nations Global Compact, Volvo is also the first premium car manufacturer to declare an industry-leading commitment to electrify its Volvo model range, with fully electric cars making up half of global sales by 2025.

Other guests also gave insightful talks including Harald Fries of the Embassy of Sweden to Manila. Also present to deliver and share significant information were Rene Pineda Jr., president of the Partnership for Clean Air; Kathleen Dematera, transport program coordinator of Clean Air Asia; and Mike Toledo, managing director of the MVP Group of Companies, as one of the panelists.

Volvo Asia Pacific head of Propulsion Energy Systems and Controls and Calibration, Niclas Bratt also shared Volvo plans and ambitions. He elucidated why this is the time to go electric with the availability of high level technology and vehicles that are easy and convenient to drive, environmentally-friendly, and that offer excellent performance coupled with low-running cost.

Volvo Market Area Director for Asia Pacific Jakob Olsson further trained the spotlight on Volvo plans for pursuing a more electric future, starting the first fully electric car in 2019 and moving towards achieving 1 million electrified vehicles on the road by 2025.

Paolo Abrera, lifestyle columnist, triathlete and environmentalist, and Janelle Lazo Tee, Miss Philippines Earth 2019 and active eco-tourism advocate were the hosts of the event.

Plug in to the Future Volvo T8 Twin Engine delivers all the benefits of a high performance, low emission petrol engine with an electric motor that delivers power on demand with ultralow CO2 emissions and more than 40 kilometers of pure electric range. Each Volvo plug-in hybrid that is available in the country all have over 400 hp that can deliver an exhilarating drive. The new electrified powertrain also offers drivers up to 15-percent fuel savings and emission reductions in real world driving.

The S90,XC60 and XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid Twin Engine models offer a range of drive modes to suit every occasion — from full Power mode, Pure electric mode, and the balanced Hybrid mode. This allows for a no-compromise combination of pure battery electric power and an efficient petrol engine that give new meaning to the word flexibility, and an unforgettable driving experience.

There has never been a better time to switch to electric mobility. Volvo cars are designed with people and the environment in mind for an easier, earth-friendly experience.

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