Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid starts at Eur 57,000 image

Volvo Car Corp., on Tuesday said its V60 plug-in Hybrid, world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid will start at EUR 57,000 depending on market.

Sales of the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid start at the beginning of 2012.

The most advanced Volvo ever is powered by a 2.4-litre five-cylinder diesel engine that is tuned to produce 213bhp and is fitted with a stop-start system and the latest software to boost its fuel economy. The engine is linked to a six-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox and puts its drive to the road via the front wheels.

In addition, a 11.2kw lithium-ion battery pack is secreted beneath the boot floor. This can be charged from the mains, or boosted by the diesel engine’s alternator as well as by recapturing energy generated by the brakes. The batteries are then used to power the electric motor that drives the rear wheels.

The V60 plug-in Hybrid offers the driver three on-demand possibilities:
• Up to 50 km on pure electricity with zero tailpipe emissions.
• Super-efficient hybrid power with fuel consumption at 1,9 l/100 km and CO2 emissions at 49 g/100 km.
• Using the total of 285 hp to create a muscle car with acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds.

The company said that after the initial batch of 1000 cars for model year 2013, production of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will increase to between 4000 and 6000 cars as of model year 2014.

About 30 percent of total volume will go to Sweden and the other Nordic countries. Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Britain will have a share of between 5 and 15 percent each.

The automaker expects that 80 percent of total sales will be company cars. 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.