Volvo has released details on its new V60 Plug-In Hybrid, the world’s first ever diesel-electric plug-in hybrid.

The new diesel-electric V60 Plug-In Hybrid features a 2.4L five-cylinder turbodiesel engine rated at 215bhp and 440Nm of torque sending drive to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.

This works in conjunction with a 70bhp electric motor powered by an 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery and driving the rear wheels.

The V60 Plug-in Hybrid can be recharged from a regular power outlet (230V/6A, 10A or 16A). A full charge with 10A takes 4.5 hours. This is cut to 3.5 hours with 16A, while a 6A charge takes 7.5 hours.

The V60 plug-in Hybrid offers one touch functionality. By merely pressing one of three buttons: Pure, Hybrid or Power, the driving mode is selected.

In Pure mode, the car is powered solely by its electric motor and has a range of 50km when the battery has been recharged from an outside source.

Hybrid mode is the standard setting and uses the diesel engine and electric motor together. In this mode, emissions are 49g/km while fuel consumption is an industry low of 1.9 litre/100km. The car has a total range of up to 1,000km in Hybrid mode.

In Power mode, the diesel engine and electric motor are optimized to produce a combined power output of 215bhp + 70bhp and maximum torque of 440Nm + 200Nm respectively, rendering a 0 to 100km/h time of 6.2 seconds.

Volvo says the V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the first Volvo to be launched with an entirely digital Driver Information Monitor (DIM). The conventional analogue gauges have been replaced by a one-piece LED screen offering a large number of display options. The driver can choose which information to show via the car’s menu setup.

It is also possible to communicate with the car via a mobile app. This gives the owner access to a number of smart functions such as air conditioning, pre-cooling and after-cooling, and a reminder to connect the charging cable if this has not been done by a predetermined time.

The interior of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid has black leather upholstery with contrasting stitching and inlays of blue-grey wood. Other distinctive interior details include a leather-covered steering wheel, specially designed floor mats and a gear lever knob with integrated indicator.

The list of standard equipment includes features such as speed-dependent power steering, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, parking sensors front and rear, Bluetooth phone link and Volvo on Call.

Standard specification includes the High Performance Multimedia DVD audio system with its 4x40W amplifier, 8 loudspeakers and 7” screen.

The production version of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be launched in just one colour – Electric Silver. The car is also distinguished by aero-designed 17” wheels, integrated exhaust tailpipes and a number of bodywork features in glossy black, such as the grille and the aerodynamic front spoiler. The chromed “Plug-in Hybrid” emblem is found both on the lower part of the tailgate and in a smaller version on the front wings.

The V60 plug-in hybrid will be launched in early 2012 with a limited model year production run of 1,000 cars, all will be aimed exclusively at European customers.

Production will increase to 4,000-6,000 cars as of model year 2014 with 30% of the total volume will go to Sweden and the other Nordic countries.


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