Volvo has announced its plans on increasing production of the V60 Plug-In Hybrid.
For the model year 2013 Volvo produced an initial batch of 1,000 units, but this number will grow to 4,000 - 6,000 cars for 2014MY. The assembly of the world's first plug-in hybrid diesel has been integrated at Volvo's Torslanda plant in Gothenburg.
Compared to an equivalent V60 the plug-in hybrid version has an additional 300 parts, such as the electric motor, custom cooling system and battery pack (see video above). According to Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo Car Corporation, the 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery is the most complex system in the vehicle.
As a reminder, the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid is powered by a 5-cylinder, 2.4-liter turbodiesel that drives the front wheels and an electric motor powering the rear ones. It can provide a total range of up to 621 miles (1,000 km), while in electric mode it can travel for 31 miles (50 km). Fuel consumption is an industry low of 1.9l/100km (149 mpg UK / 124 mpg US).