It’s been a while since we had any news to report about the Volvo V60 PHEV. The Swedes are bringing it to New York International Auto Show next week.
According to a press release from Volvo Cars of Canada, the car billed as the “world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid” will be showcased as it is in the running for the 2013 World Green Car of the Year Award to be given out Thursday, March 28. The award is voted on by a cadre of 68 automotive journalists from 23 countries.
Volvo has said the V60 is “the technically most advanced Volvo model ever.” Its front wheels are powered by a five-cylinder turbodiesel engine displacing 2.4 liters and making 215 horsepower, while the rear wheels are powered by an electric motor producing 70 horsepower and fueled by an 11.2 kWh lithium ion battery pack. The car can be operated in three modes, as Volvo explains:
- In Pure mode the car is powered solely by its electric motor as much as possible. If the battery pack has been recharged with electricity from renewable sources, its range is up to 50 kilometres and its carbon dioxide emissions are zero. The electric range varies with terrain, climate and driving style.
- Hybrid is the standard setting whenever the car is started. The diesel engine and electric motor cooperate to ensure optimal balance between driving pleasure and environmental footprint. CO2 emission (NEDC, mixed driving cycle for certification) are 48g/km, corresponding to diesel consumption of 1.8l/100 km. The car has a total range of up to 900 km.
- In Power mode the technology is optimised to give the car the maximum possible power. The diesel engine and electric motor have a total 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 acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds.
Want one? Too bad. Not only is the model not being sent to North America (at least not that we’ve heard), but its production is so far being extremely limited. The entire 2013 build of just 1,000 examples sold out quickly, Production will increase to an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 V60s in the 2014 model year, Volvo said.
Volvo Senior Vice President of Research and Development Peter Mertens said, “The V60 Plug-in Hybrid is a unique car, a historic step, not only for Volvo Car Corporation but for the entire car industry. The first year’s 1,000-car batch was sold out even before the car reached the showrooms and the order books for next year’s cars are already filling up.”