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V60 plug-in set for market launch

Volvo Car Corporation has announced it is set to launch the V60 plug-in diesel hybrid, which was unveiled for the first time earlier this year as a virtually production-ready car with carbon dioxide emissions below 50 g/km.

The plug-in diesel hybrid, which will be launched on the market in 2012, is the result of close cooperation between Volvo Car Corporation and Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall.

"No industry or organization can tackle the climate challenge all by itself. It is our mission to develop carbon dioxide-lean cars, but it is the society that is responsible for creating a sustainable future. This project shows how cooperation between experts in different areas brings us closer to the transition from individually carbon dioxide-lean products to a climate-smart lifestyle," says Stefan Jacoby, CEO of Volvo Car Corporation.

In January 2007, Volvo Car Corporation and Vattenfall AB launched an industrial partnership whose aim was to test and develop plug-in technology. This cross-border initiative resulted in the foundation of a jointly owned company - V2 plug-in-hybrid Vehicle Partnership HB.

Development work has been jointly financed. Now the project is on the threshold of introducing the market's first diesel plug-in hybrid. "One important aspect of the project was to retain the Volvo V60's excellent driving pleasure, high safety standard and luxurious comfort. At the same time, average CO2 emissions and fuel consumption will be halved compared with what is available on the market today," says Jacoby.

He adds: "We're taking a step forward towards our ‘DRIVe Towards Zero’ vision, that is to say the hunt for zero emissions. In fact, when the V60 plug-in hybrid is run solely on electricity and recharged using renewable energy, we've already reached that goal."

When powered solely by electricity, the V60 plug-in hybrid has a range of up to 50km. 
The car's total operating range is up to 1,200km. Carbon dioxide emissions will be an average of 49g/km (NEDC EU Combined certification driving cycle) and fuel consumption will be 1.9 litres per 100 km.

The cost of the battery pack means the plug-in hybrid will be more expensive to buy than a Volvo V60 with a conventional IC engine, however, fuel costs will be one-third compared with a IC engine.

The V 60 plug-in hybrid can be charged via a regular household electricity socket at home or when parked somewhere else. Charging time is about five hours if the car is recharged at home.

 

20 October 2011


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