Volvo revealed today the official details and specs of its so-called ‘world's first diesel plug-in hybrid’, a production-ready Volvo V60 with carbon dioxide emissions below 50 g/km. According to the manufacturer, the new car will hit the market in 2012 and was developed in co-operation with Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall.
As expected, the front wheels of the car are powered by a five-cylinder 2.4-litre D5 turbo diesel, delivering 215 hp and a maximum torque of 440 Nm.
Moreover, the rear axle features the ERAD (Electric Rear Axle Drive) in the form of an electric motor producing 70 horsepower, powered by a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the car delivers a total output of 285 hp and an impressive 640 Nm of torque.
The sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) is made in just 6.9 seconds. Volvo says that its new hybrid car is capable to offer a range powered only by the batteries of up to 32 miles or 51 km.
The new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid offers three driving modes: Pure, Hybrid and Power. As expected, in the Pure mode the car is powered only by the electric motor, while in the Hybrid mode the new vehicle is powered by both the diesel engine and the electric motor, delivering a fuel consumption of 150 mpg and a total range of up to 746 miles or 1200 km.
In the power mode, the vehicle delivers impressive performances and you can forget about the total range delivered by the Hybrid mode.
The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is recharged via a regular power socket (230V/6A, 10A or 16A). The charging time depends on the level of the current. A full 10A charge takes 4.5 hours. The time is shortened to 3 hours with 16A, while a charge in a 6A socket takes 7.5 hours.
Volvo’s V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be the first model from the brand to have the completely digital Driver Information Monitor. Instead of the standard analog gauges, there is instead the sole LCD screen where a number of different display options are shown.
Through the car menu set-up, the driver is able to determine what information to display. Communicating with the car through a mobile application has also been made available. With this, the driver can access a wide array of smart functions that include pre-cooling and after-cooling and air conditioning.
It can even be used to serve as a reminder that the charge cable needs to be connected, especially if this was not made at a predetermined time. On the tailgate of the V60 lies the D6 badge. This is because when the electric motor and the turbodiesel five-cylinder engine are combined, the performance has the same horsepower range observed from the gas-powered T6.
Powering the front wheels is the 2.4-liter turbodiesel 5-cylinder engine which delivers output of 215 hp and 440 Nm of maximum torque. This is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The electric motor meanwhile delivers 70 hp and is the one that powers the rear axle.
Power to the electric motor is all thanks to the 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that has been placed under load compartment’s floor. The hi-tech and compact battery pack is composed of 10 modules with each module having 20 cells.
In order to monitor the entire system and even compare the charge level and temperature of the 200 cells, the V60 utilizes an integrated computer. In addition, the battery pack even has an integrated water-cooling system run by the climate unit.