Volvo readies first diesel plug-in hybrid
Monday 21 February 2011
Volvo will display a diesel plug-in hybrid version of its V60 estate at the forthcoming Geneva motor show. The car will be put into production in 2012, and the Swedish car-maker claims it will be the first in the world with such a drive-train.
Peugeot is about to introduce a diesel hybrid version of the 3008 but this will not be of the plug-in type. A plug-in hybrid generally carries more batteries than a standard hybrid vehicle and is capable of being run in electric-only mode for much longer distances.
The layout of the Volvo and Peugeot diesel hybrids differs from that used by the leader in hybrids, Toyota. In a Toyota hybrid, the combustion engine and the electric motors are tightly integrated in a single package at the front of the car and drive the front wheels. In Peugeot's and Volvo's forthcoming diesel hybrids, the diesel engine drives the front wheels while the electric motors drive the rear wheels.
Drivers of the Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid will be able to travel 32 miles in battery-only mode using the car's 70 horsepower electric motor. For full acceleration, the 215 horsepower diesel engine can also be brought into play. Running as a hybrid, the car has claimed CO2 emissions of 49g/km. These three modes are called “pure”, “power” and “hybrid” and can each be selected via separate buttons on the dashboard.
Life & Style blogs
Google Maps hides image of Android robot urinating on Apple in surprisingly insolent Easter egg
Silent Hills: hugely anticipated game is definitely cancelled, Konami says
Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
KickAssTorrents down: biggest file-sharing site moves to .cr domain after takedowns
Watch teenager Collin Burns break the Rubik's Cube world record by solving puzzle in just 5.25 seconds
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera writer mocked after issuing a warning about Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon
General election 2015: Labour will toughen hate crimes legislation surrounding Islamophobia
HSBC review into moving headquarters from UK 'underway'
- 1 Frank Lampard's face drops when Holly Willoughby introduces him as a 'Man City legend'
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 The Visit: Trailer for M Night Shyamalan's latest horror film is terrifying
- 5 9/11: Iranian General accuses US of organising September 11 terror attacks
£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Photographer/ Floor planner /...
£30000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Front-End Developer - Guildford/Craw...
£13500 - £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Customer Service Assistant is...
£16000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An ambitious and motivated Sale...