Developed in cooperation with Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall, the vehicle is claimed to come with carbon dioxide emissions below 50 g/km, which translates into fuel consumption at 1.9 l/100 km (124 US mpg), as Volvo brags.
Moreover, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid includes a possibility for the driver to drive up to 50 kilometres on pure electricity.
The front wheels of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be driven by a five-cylinder 2.4-litre D5 turbodiesel, which produces 215 horsepower and maximum torque of 440 Nm (325 lb.ft.).
The rear axle features ERAD (Electric Rear Axle Drive) in the form of an electric motor producing 70 horsepower, which receives its power from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The car features a six-speed automatic transmission.
"This second-generation hybrid is the perfect choice for the uncompromising buyer who wants a carbon dioxide-lean car packed with driving pleasure," stated Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.
"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," added Jacoby.
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