Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the safest plug-in hybrid according to Euro NCAP

Article by Christian A., on December 4, 2012

The latest Euro NCAP results indicate that the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid got the highest ever score for a plug-in hybrid. Volvo Car Group believes that the safety level of an electrified car has to be the same as other Volvo cars. In the most recent tests, the hybrid was subjected to a frontal offset collision at 64 km/h (40 mph), proving that the V60 Plug-in Hybrid is as safe as the standard V60.

European rating institute Euro NCAP provides overall rating for every car model it tests. There are four sub-categories, with each having their separate tests. These are added to generate an overall grade. The precise details about the tests and the results can be viewed at euroncap.com.

There is a different approach that has to be taken for the safety of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid due to the integration of the battery pack and the batteries’ added weight. Volvo revised the structure and strengthened it further to allow a controlled deformation, contributing to the high safety level.

V60 Plug-in Hybrid has an encapsulated battery pack, which is positioned beneath the load floor. The output for the new V60 Plug-in Hybrid has been ramped up. The first 1,000 ‘Pure Limited' cars sold out even before they hit the showrooms.

2014 model year production will go up to 4,000-6,000 cars after the initial production of cars for model year 2013. In fact, next year's build slots have started to fill up. Volvo Car Group and Swedish electricity supplier Vattenfall jointly worked on the development of the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid.

None of the many hybrid vehicles available in the market today can match Volvo’s V60 Plug-in Hybrid. It is considered to be Volvo’s most technically advanced model as well as the first diesel plug-in hybrid in the world. The V60 Plug-in Hybrid is a hybrid car, muscle-car, and electric car rolled into one, and with just one touch of a button, drivers can choose which of these three cars they want to drive.

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid’s production version is going to be launched in one color: Electric Silver. At the beginning of 2012, sales get underway, and the first cars are going to be built in Autumn 2012.

According to Stefan Jacoby, Volvo Car Corporation President and CEO, since they unveiled the plug-in hybrid in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show, it has received considerable attention. He said that they are now taking the next necessary step by presenting the hybrid’s production model, graced with distinctive profile that features a stunning silver color, generous standard equipment, and an exclusive interior.

The V60 Plug-in Hybrid’s first 1,000 units will only be available in matching Electric Silver livery. It is also distinguishable by its aero-designed 17” wheels, the integrated exhaust tailpipes, as well as several bodywork features that come in glossy black, including the aerodynamic front spoiler and the grille. Moreover, the chromed "Plug-in Hybrid" emblem can be seen both on the tailgate’s lower part and on the front wings.

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