Volvo says all new models launched from 2019 will be fully electric or hybrids, spelling the eventual end to nearly a century of vehicles powered solely by the internal combustion engine.

The company will continue to produce pure combustion-engine Volvos from models launched before that date, but said it would introduce cars across its model line-up that ranged from fully electric cars to plug-in hybrids.

Volvo’s plans make it the first major traditional carmaker to set a date for the complete phase-out of combustion engine-only models though electrification has long been a buzzword across the industry and Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors has been a pure-play battery carmaker from day one.

‘This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,’ Volvo Cars chief executive Hakan Samuelsson said in a statement.

Five new models set to be launched in 2019 through 2021 – three of them Volvos and two Polestar-branded – will all be fully electric.

‘These five cars will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug in hybrid and mild hybrid 48-volt options on all models,’ Volvo said.

‘This means that there will in future be no Volvo cars without an electric motor.’