Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Goes on Sale in 2012

Toyota can’t have the run of the plug-in hybrid market any more, as manufacturers from all over the world are encroaching on what used to be their specialist turf. Volvo is also to soon join the game with the V60 Plug-in Hybrid, which it says will hit the market in 2012.
“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, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation.

The car is the result of the partnership formed in 2007 between the Swedish automaker and the energy supplier Vattenfall, and the jointly owned company that ensued - V2 Plug-in-Hybrid Vehicle Partnership HB.

When its ready for the mass market, the V60 will have an all-electric range of 50 km, but on a full tank, it will be capable of a staggering 1200 km. Carbon dioxide emissions will be an average of 49 grams per kilometer (NEDC EU Combined certification driving cycle) and fuel consumption will be 1.9 liters per 100 km.

“With a plug-in hybrid the driver is entirely independent of recharging stations when driving long distances. The future electric-car market will feature a mixture of both all-electric cars and plug-in hybrids,” says Stefan Jacoby.
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