A ban on gasoline automobiles will likely be simpler than the present observe of electric-car incentives, Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson advised a Financial Times convention earlier this week.

“Nobody can construct a profitable and worthwhile enterprise by counting on incentives,” Samuelsson mentioned. “Whereas non permanent incentives may also help encourage trade to develop in the fitting approach, it might be extra environment friendly for governments to set a transparent agenda in direction of an electrical future.”

With the UK confirming plans to finish gross sales of recent non-hybrid gasoline automobiles by 2030, and California planning to section out gross sales of recent internal-combustion autos by 2035, gross sales bans have change into a way more actual chance. However that is the primary time the CEO of a world automaker has come out in assist of them.

It is an uncommon place for the CEO of an automaker working in a number of markets. These in such a place typically attempt to toe a line between markets with a lot regulation versus others with little or no.

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge goes into production

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge goes into manufacturing

In the intervening time, most new Volvo fashions will nonetheless have internal-combustion engines—as a part of plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Volvo just lately dropped the prices of its plug-in hybrids to spice up gross sales, and has began masking its tailpipes, in an effort partly meant to take the main target away from the internal-combustion part.

It is also rolled out a plan in the US that can pay plug-in hybrid drivers for the electrical energy they use. That is to assist guarantee homeowners truly plug in, unlocking the complete emissions good thing about plug-in hybrid powertrains, and acclimating homeowners to electrical driving.

Volvo’s first fully-electric car is the XC40 Recharge, arriving in early 2021. Nevertheless, the mechanically comparable Polestar 2 is already on sale by Volvo’s new EV sub-brand.