Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid to launch in Europe next year

Thursday 20 October 2011, 15:42 PM by

The Swedish car manufacturer, Volvo recently stated in a press release that it will officially launch the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, in the European market, around 2012. During the early 2011, Volvo unveiled the production-ready version of V60, which has a low carbon dioxide emission of less than 50 g/km. Moreover, the new model is expected to hit the international market by 2012 end.

The company has shared the credit of the production of its new Plug-in Hybrid model with Swedish energy supplier company, Vattenfall, which has collaborated with Volvo for the project. The press release stated that, “The Plug-in Hybrid, which will be launched on the market in 2012, is the result of close cooperation between Volvo Car Corporation and Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall.”

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid to launch in Europe next year |
Volvo V60

Commenting about developing carbon dioxide-lean cars, President and Chief Executive Officer of Volvo Car Corporation, Stefan Jacoby said, “No industry or organisation can tackle the climate challenge all by itself. It is our mission to develop carbon dioxide-lean cars, but it is the society that is responsible for creating a sustainable future.” Jacoby concluded that, “This project shows how cooperation between experts in different areas brings us closer to the transition from individually carbon dioxide-lean products to a climate-smart lifestyle.”

Volvo V60 Hybrid will be manufactured in a diesel electric version and an electric gasoline version. V60 electric gasoline will be dedicated towards the American markets, whereas, the diesel electric version is expected to be sold in other countries. The new V60 hybrid will also be powered with an all-wheel drive wherein the back wheel will be powered by an electric motor and the front wheel with a turbocharged engine.

Fuel economy and engine performance of the Hybrid is also quite commendable. The V60 will be assembled with an electric motor that runs by a 12 kWh Li-ion battery. The electric version would deliver a maximum power output of 70 hp. On the other hand, the 2.4-litre diesel turbocharged engine will churn a maximum power of 215 hp.

The price range of the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be higher than the existing V60 model, however, the running cost will be decreased to one-third. The sedan-based car maker is highly confident about its new hybrid car and expects huge volumes of sales after its launch.

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