Volvo V60 Hybrid


The Chinese-owned Swedish car maker Volvo announced an all-new hybrid model to be unveiled at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show.

This model is a plug-in hybrid variant of the V60 estate, and as Volvo claims it blows all the other current hybrid clean out of the water with its fuel consumption and emissions rating.

According to Volvo the V60 hybrid id a four-wheel-drive car in which the front wheels are propelled by a super efficient 2.4 liter diesel engines, while the rear wheels are powered by an electric motors. Both of them are connected to a six-speed gearbox to create an amazingly frugal powertrain.

2012 Volvo V60 Plug in Hybrid Volvo V60 Hybrid

This big heavy estate car will manage 1.9 liter per 100 km on the combined cycle! That is more than 150 MPG. It’s an incredible record, but we have to wait for the official test and figures.

Press Release:

At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Volvo Cars will be unveiling the V60 Plug-in Hybrid – a virtually production-ready car with carbon dioxide emissions below 50 g/km, which translates into fuel consumption at 1.9 l/100 km.

In 2012 Volvo Cars will be the first manufacturer on the market with this new breed of hybrid – which is the result of close cooperation with the Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall.

The V60 Plug-in Hybrid features the very best properties from three different car types in one, single attractive sports wagon. This includes a possibility for the driver to drive up to 50 kilometres on pure electricity.
“This second-generation hybrid is the perfect choice for the uncompromising buyer who wants a superbly carbon dioxide-lean car packed with driving pleasure,” says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.

D5 engine and Electric Rear Axle Drive
The front wheels of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be driven by a five-cylinder 2.4-litre D5 turbodiesel, which produces 215 horsepower and maximum torque of 440 Nm.  The rear axle features ERAD (Electric Rear Axle Drive) in the form of an electric motor producing 70 horsepower, which receives its power from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The car features a six-speed automatic transmission.

“In order to get true car enthusiasts to think green, you have to offer them the opportunity to drive with low carbon dioxide emissions without taking away the adrenaline rush that promotes genuine driving pleasure. The V60 Plug-in Hybrid has all the traditional properties of a genuine sports wagon. What we’ve done is to spice it up with spearhead technology,” says Stefan Jacoby.

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be revealed at a press conference in Geneva on March 1st 2011.

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