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Volvo Promises Only Hybrids And Electrics By 2019

Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson poses for photographer after an interview at Volvo Cars Showroom in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 5, 2017. Samuelsson said that all Volvo cars will be electric or hybrid within two years. The Chinese-owned automotive group plans to phase out the conventional car engine. (Jonas Ekstromer/AFP/Getty Images)
Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson poses for photographer after an interview at Volvo Cars Showroom in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 5, 2017. Samuelsson said that all Volvo cars will be electric or hybrid within two years. The Chinese-owned automotive group plans to phase out the conventional car engine. (Jonas Ekstromer/AFP/Getty Images)

Volvo announced major changes Wednesday to its future lineup of vehicles. Starting in 2019, the automotive company will phase out conventional engines, requiring that all of its new models be either hybrid- or electric-powered. The move is a direct challenge to Tesla, which is set to begin production of its latest and most accessible model Friday.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd talks to Michelle Krebs ( @MichKrebs), director of automotive relations at Cox Automotive and senior analyst at Autotrader, about Volvo’s announcement and what it may mean for the auto industry.

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