Volvo, Betting on Electric, Moves to Phase Out Conventional Engines

A Volvo plug-in hybrid at an auto show in Beijing in 2014. (Credit Diego Azubel / European Pressphoto Agency)

Volvo became the first mainstream automaker to sound the death knell of the internal combustion engine, saying that all the models it introduces starting in 2019 will be either hybrids or powered solely by batteries.

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