The V60 Plug-In Hybrid is a diesel-electric hybrid, which helps explain why it isn’t available locally. The front wheels are powered by a turbocharged 2.4-liter five-cylinder diesel engine while the rear pair is powered by an electric motor, forming a ‘through-the-road’ hybrid all-wheel-drive system.
Total system output is 283 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque, and fuel economy is said to be as high as 130 mpg for the European combined cycle. The latter is made possible because of the vehicle’s ability to be driven on electric power alone. An 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery is fitted and provides an electric-only driving range of approximately 31 miles. Of course, in this mode, the vehicle’s peak output of 68 horsepower corresponds with the electric motor’s peak.
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