Volvo has taken the wraps off the V60 Plug-in Hybrid which has an average fuel consumption of 1.9 L/100 km (123.8 mpg US).
With the Geneva Motor Show in full swing, Volvo has taken the wraps off the 2012 V60 Plug-in Hybrid.
Designed to be one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles ever created, the V60 features a 2.4-liter five-cylinder diesel engine and an ERAD (Electric Rear Axle Drive) motor which is powered by a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery. The engine produces 215 PS (158 kW / 212 hp) and 440 Nm (324 lb-ft) of torque, while the electric motor churns out 70 PS (51 kW / 69 hp) and 200 Nm (149 lb-ft) of torque. This gives the car a combined output of 285 PS (210 kW / 281 hp) and 640 Nm (472 lb-ft) of torque, which enables it to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds.
If you're more interested in being "green," you'll be delighted to know the car can travel up to 50 km (31 miles) on electricity alone. However, the primary drive mode is a hybrid setup where the diesel engine and electronic motor work together to enable the car to have an estimated fuel consumption of 1.9 L/100 km (123.8 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 49 g/km.
Of course, to get the most out of the hybrid, the battery should be recharged as often as possible. Thankfully, this is an easy process as recharging takes seven and half hours with a standard household outlet (230V/6A) and three hours with a rapid charger (230V/16A).
In terms of styling, the V60 PIH looks virtually identical to the standard model. Despite this, the car is distinguished by a unique paintjob, a front-fender charging port, and lightweight wheels with low-rolling resistance tires. Furthermore, the cabin boasts Elmo leather upholstery, a revised instrument cluster, and a new infotainment system with a variety of hybrid-specific functions.
No word on pricing, but the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be launched sometime later next year.
Check out the press release for additional information