Lotus will soon be powered by Volvo and Geely engines

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by Tom Harrison | Oct 9, 2019
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Volvo and owners Geely are spinning-off their respective engine manufacturing operations into a new standalone business that “will seek to develop next-generation combustion engines and hybrid powertrains.”

Volvo says the move will allow it to better focus on “the development of its all-electric range of premium cars,” while this new company builds the internal combustion engines it’ll use in future hybrids. By the mid-2020s, Volvo says it expects half of its sales to be EV, and the other half hybrid. As of this year, acting on a promise it made two years ago, Volvo will not release another solely internal combustion-engined car.

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The new business, plans for which are “under development and subject to union negotiations as well as board and relevant authority approvals” will also supply Geely Auto, Proton, LEVC, Lynk & Co and… Lotus. Now there’s a thought.

Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars’ president and chief executive, said: “Hybrid cars need the best internal combustion engines. This new unit will have the resources, scale and expertise to develop these powertrains cost-efficiently.”

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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