V60 Plug-in Hybrid

V60 Plug-in Hybrid In Production

Production of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid – the world’s first plug-in hybrid with a diesel engine and Volvo Cars’ most advanced car model ever – is scheduled to begin in November 2012.

The V60 Plug-in Hybrid combines an efficient diesel engine with electric power where the battery is charged from a regular wall outlet. The driver chooses between pure electric power, hybrid power or extra power with a simple push of a button, a flexibility that paves the way for minimal carbon-dioxide emissions and maximum driving enjoyment.

V60 Plug-In Hybrid - Running Footage Teaser

V60 Plug-In Hybrid - Launch Video

“This is an entirely new car and an entirely new way of building so it is a very exciting journey,” says Johnny Lindberg, Production Manager at the Torslanda factory.

Johnny manages the product specialists, all of whom are certified hybrid technicians. The team was brought into the development work early on to prepare underlying data for how the car should be built and then share their knowledge with the fitters.

“We began working in virtual reality to determine how and in what order the parts should be assembled. Then we transferred the optimal flow to the line and installed the new equipment.”

In terms of production, it is mainly the installation of the battery, the high voltage cabling and the electric motor on the rear axle that is the largest difference compared with a regular V60.

“Right now, we are still building test cars, evaluating and looking at what we can improve. When mass production does get started, we will have already built and tested 120 plug-in hybrids.”

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid has been developed in a unique partnership with the Swedish electric power supplier Vattenfall. The driver can drive up to 50 km on pure electric power with no tail pipe emissions. In the hybrid mode, the electric motor and diesel engine work together for as environmentally adapted driving as possible (49 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre, 0.19 litres per 10 kilometre). For extra power, the two engines together provide 215+70 horse power and strong acceleration.

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