The Volvo’s CEO believes that a ban on petrol and diesel cars would be the right way to go.
A ban on petrol and diesel cars would be a better solution for getting car owners to switch to electric cars than various forms of subsidies, says Håkan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo Cars.
A welcome statement, says Per Bolund, the Swedish Minister of Financial Markets and spokesman for the Green Party. He also said that the politicians have started to point with their whole hand, the car industry has obviously understood.
– From 2030, it will not be allowed to sell new petrol and diesel cars in Sweden. It is great that the industry sees this as an opportunity, he says and reminds of the agreement in the January agreement between the government and the coalition parties Center and Liberals.
Håkan Samuelsson says this to the Financial Times before a conference on the cars of the future:
– No one can build a successful and profitable business through incentives. While temporary incentives can encourage industry to move in the right direction, it may be more effective for governments to set a clear agenda for an electric future, says Samuelsson.
– The more alternatives that are kept open, the slower it will be, says Samuelsson in a webcast interview with the newspaper.
About the currently expensive price of electric cars:
– In five years, an electric car will be at the same level as a corresponding car today, he says.
The question is whether Sweden can go before the EU and ban the sale of fossil-powered cars. The inquiry into the 2030 ban, which will be presented on 1 February, will, among other things, look at that issue.
– The inquiry will look at the possibility of acting at the national level and of acting at the EU level. But we see that a large number of countries have taken a similar step as we have taken, says Bolund.
– So I think it is a matter of time before the European Commission also comes up with a proposal like this.
Volvo Cars have the goal that 50 percent of the company’s car models will be fully electric by 2025, while the other 50 percent are so-called hybrid models. At present, however, there is only one fully electric car, a variant of the XC40 model, in the range.