Such green credentials are achieved by combining a diesel engine with an electric motor. The front wheels are driven by a 2.4-liter 5-cylinder turbo diesel powerplant capable of 215HP and 440 Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. At the back, there's a 70HP electric motor that powers the rear wheels together with a 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack. In all-electric driving mode, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid has a driving range of up to 52km.
“In order to get true car enthusiasts to think green, you have to offer them the opportunity to drive with low carbon dioxide emissions without taking away the adrenaline rush that promotes genuine driving pleasure. The V60 Plug-in Hybrid has all the traditional properties of a genuine sports wagon. What we've done is to spice it up with spearhead technology”, said Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.
The V60 Plug-in hybrid is a joint project between energy supplier Vattenfall and Volvo, and is scheduled for production in 2012.