Volvo will soon be selling the V60 Plug-In Hybrid with a gasoline engine, according to Volvo's product manager Lex Kerssemakers. However, he declined to provide additional details. It can be recalled that the V60 Plug-In Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid to be exclusively available with a 5-cylinder, 2.4-liter diesel engine that works with an electric motor.
With this setup, the vehicle will be able to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.1 seconds and have a fuel economy rating with an average of only 1.8 liters / 100 km (130.6 mpg US or 156.9 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of just 48 g/km.
When the car is in electric model, it can go as far as 31 miles (50 km). However, it actually has a total range of 621 miles (1,000 km). Volvo said that when compared with a regular V60, the plug-in hybrid model has 300 additional parts, with the 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery as the most important one.
Volvo said in November 2012 that it will boost production from 1,000 units to 4,000 – 6,000 cars for the 2014 model year. This will be accomplished at Volvo’s Torslanda plant in Gothenburg.
Volvo’s V60 Plug-in Hybrid is going to be launched in high-profile venues through its "electrifying" temporary presence. The new hybrid vehicle will appear in London, Stockholm, and Berlin. The idea is for customers to meet the car in places where they feel at home the most.
Surveys reveal that the V60 Plug-in Hybrid’s main target group includes those customers who are eager to adopt new and unique technology. Volvo’s new hybrid car is perfect for people who want excellent environmental performance without compromising the qualities that are already established in contemporary luxury cars.
Moreover, Volvo Car Corporation expects 80% of its total sales to be in company cars.
Swedish power company Vattenfall offers new V60 Plug-in Hybrid owners a starter pack that includes 100% renewable electricity that is generated by its own production facilities as well as a wall-mounted charging station. This starter pack is going to be available in Vattenfall's key markets: Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
According to Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby, neither society nor the business world can single-handedly tackle climate changes. So, Volvo Car Corporation considers it its mission to develop cars that deliver minimum carbon dioxide emissions.
However, it is already up to society in general to create for itself a sustainable future. He added that the V60 Plug-in Hybrid project shows how a partnership between two experts in different fields can bring the world closer to a transformation – from utilizing carbon dioxide-lean products to having a climate-smart lifestyle.