At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Volvo Cars will be unveiling the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid – a virtually production-ready Volvo V60 with carbon dioxide emissions below 50 g/km.
The Plug-in Hybrid, which will be launched in the market in 2012, is the result of close co-operation between Volvo Cars and Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall.
The front wheels of the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid are driven by a five-cylinder 2.4-litre diesel engine, which produces 215bhp and is connected to a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The rear axle is powered by a 70bhp electric motor, which receives its power from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Stefan Jacoby, president and chief executive officer of Volvo Cars, said: “The technology is still undergoing development and testing, however, the car already points very clearly to what our customers can expect when the plug-in hybrid enters showrooms next year.”
The hybrid, which is slated to hit the market in 2012, will let you choose between three drive modes. Under the “Pure” regimen, the car runs entirely on electricity with a 50 km mileage; if you switch to “Hybrid,” you’ll get a hybrid drive with average carbon dioxide emissions of just 49 g/km.
In Power mode the technology is optimised to give the car the best possible performance. The diesel engine and electric motor have a combined power output of 215 + 70 horsepower and maximum torque of 440 + 200 Nm. The electric motor’s lightning-quick torque delivery contributes to the car’s 0 to 62 mph acceleration time of 6.9 seconds.
In addition to the three driving modes, there’s also an AWD button in the centre stack that activates electric four-wheel drive.
The car’s battery package can be recharged via a regular power socket (230V/6A, 10A or 16A), with the charging time depending on the level of the current. For ex, a full 10A recharge takes about 4.5 hours. The time is shortened to 3 hours with 16A, while a charge in a 6A socket takes 7.5 hours.
Volvo understands how painful waiting can be, so to make those long hours pass faster, the company made an iPhone app that lets you monitor the charging status. Check out the video demonstration of the car’s most important features (the iPhone bit is at 2:37) below.