Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid at the New York Auto Show

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 by

The world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid was originally unveiled in Geneva in 2011. This time the V60 Plug-in Hybrid competed for the World Green Car of the Year Award for 2013. It lost to Tesla Model S that ended up winning the crown. However, let’s not forget that in 2012 it received the highest score ever for the Euro NCAP safety rating system.

Volvo hasn’t yet revealed many details about the V60 Plug-in Hybrid. However, In September of 2012, Volvo claimed having sold 1000 units of the 2013 model much before the car hit the showrooms. In case of a similar turnout again, Volvo has decided to manufacture 5000 units of the 2014 model.

2013 Volvo V60 Plug in Hybrid F3Q

The Plug-in Hybrid is packed with a powerful battery and two complete drive trains. Three different driving modes are available at the press of three buttons. The Pure mode allows you to drive 50 km on just pure electric power. The Hybrid mode uses just 1.8l/100 km of fuel producing 48 g/km of CO2 emissions. Finally, the Power mode releases the combined capacity of the diesel engine and the electric motor together. It projects a total power output of 215+70 Horsepower and maximum torque of 440+220 Nm. Thanks to the electric motor’s quick torque delivery, V60 can zoom from standstill to 100 km/h in a matter of 6.1 seconds.

The five-star rating from the Euro NCAP score support the Swedish automaker’s claims to have high safety standards in the V60 Plug-in Hybrid, just as they are in the conventional V60.

2013 Volvo V60 Plug in Hybrid R3Q

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is a result of combined efforts of both the Volvo Car Group and Swedish electricity supplier Vattenfall. Both parties financed the development project jointly.

It is priced at £43,775 but there is no official word on the car’s arrival in the Middle East.

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