2011 Volvo V60 R-Design
Developed in partnership with Swedish utility company Vattenfall, the new Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid promises a fuel economy of 124 mpg on the European combined cycle and carbon dioxide emissions of below 50 g/km.
Volvo’s plug-in hybrid technology in the V60 features a 2.4-liter five-cylinder turbodiesel engine that drives the front axle and an electric motor driving the rear. In this way Volvo’s V60 Plug-In Hybrid will also be an all-wheel drive vehicle.
The turbodiesel engine is rated at 215 horsepower while the electric motor pumps out 70 horsepower and is powered by a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The electric only driving range is roughly 31 miles after which the turbodiesel engine kicks in and the vehicle acts like a regular hybrid.
Volvo has previously confirmed that its first plug-in hybrid vehicle would go on sale in 2012 and prototypes based on the V70 wagon are already being tested in Europe.