Earlier this year, Volvo unveiled the V60 Plug-in Hybrid, a production-ready vehicle with CO2 emissions below 50 g/km. Today, the Swedish manufacturer announced that the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will go on sale in 2012. Although, the vehicle will be more expensive than the vehicles fitted with a conventional combustion engine, the fuel costs will cover that difference.
According to Volvo, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid has an electric range of up to 50 kilometres but its total operating range is up to 1200 km.
This means that the car will have a fuel consumption of up to 50 kilometres. Moreover, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid buyers will be able to charge the vehicle via any regular household electricity socket at home or when parked somewhere else. A full recharge will take about five hours if the car is recharged at home.
While there may be a number of hybrid vehicles already available on the market, the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid remains to be one-of-a-kind. It is by far, the most advanced model to come from Volvo Car Corporation as it is a combination of a muscle car, a hybrid car, and an electric car. As a result, all it takes is pressing a button in order to select the type of car, one of three, to drive from.
In addition, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid is also considered as the first ever diesel plug-in hybrid in the world. The V60 Plug-in Hybrid comes with an exclusive interior given that it has black leather upholstery and contrasted with the blue-grey wood inlays and stitching. There are other unique details in the interior like the steering wheel being covered in leather.
Then there is the gear lever knob that comes integrated with an indicator and the specially-designed mats. On its exterior, there is the "Plug-in Hybrid" emblem in chrome and positioned on the lower portion of its tailgate and smaller version of its front wings. According to Volvo Car Corporation President and CEO Stefan Jacoby, after the V60 Plug-in Hybrid was unveiled during the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, it has garnered a lot of attention.
The company is taking that important next step by coming out with the production version, he added, that will have a unique shape and come with an exclusive interior, excellent color on the exterior, and excellent standard equipment.
Volvo reveals that the first 1,000 units to be built for the production version will be in Electric Silver. However it will be made unique through the 17-inch wheels and the integrated exhaust tailpipes.
It will even have its various bodywork features come in glossy black like the aerodynamic front spoiler and the grille. Sales for the production version of the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid are expected to being during the start of 2012 with the first unit being manufactured by autumn of the same year.
"One important aspect of the project was to retain the Volvo V60's excellent driving pleasure, high safety standard and luxurious comfort. At the same time, average CO2 emissions and fuel consumption will be halved compared with what is available on the market today," says Stefan Jacoby. He adds: "We're taking a step forward towards our "DRIVe Towards Zero" vision, that is to say the hunt for zero emissions. In fact, when the V60 Plug-in Hybrid is run solely on electricity and recharged using renewable energy, we've already reached that goal."