Volvo car maker has unveiled new sedan series with a Plug-in hybrid version of the Volvo V60 at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The V60 Plug-in Hybrid is developed by Volvo and Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall, which is scheduled to enter series production in 2012. Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid has “features the very best properties from three different car types in one sports wagon”, including an all-electric driving mode with a range of up to 32 miles (52 km).
The 2012 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will feature a unique powertrain composed from a 2.4-litre 5-cylinder D5 turbodiesel engine producing 215 HP and 400 Nm of torque and an electric rear axle (ERAD) generating 70 HP which is linked to a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery. The 2012 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will use a 6-speed automatic transmission, and when it will hit the streets next year, it is expected to return 150 mpg and have CO2 emissions of only 50 grams per Km.
On the volvo press release, Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car, said “This second-generation hybrid is the perfect choice for the uncompromising buyer who wants a carbon dioxide-lean car packed with driving pleasure,” and also says “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,”