Power for every moment
The calmness, the freedom, the confidence: the innovative T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain in the new Volvo V60 is designed for each and every moment.
The moments of calm
The luxury of silence. The satisfaction of zero-emissions commuting. These are the moments of calm that you experience when you slide the Drive Mode rotary roller into Pure and indulge in the pleasure of the drive in the new Volvo V60 T8 Twin Engine.
In Pure mode, when fully charged, the new V60 gives an electric range of approximately 50km, explains Per-Arne Reinholdsson, technical director, hybrid cars at Volvo Cars. “This means that many people will be able to drive to work and back in the new V60 T8 Twin Engine with zero emissions,” he says.
The moments of confidence
The new Volvo V60 T8 Twin Engine has the power to turn any drive into something to enjoy. Power mode combines both the turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine with a powerful electric motor to provide strong, smooth acceleration. If necessary, all-wheel drive ensures all this power goes straight to the road. “You know that you’ll get an instant response when you put your foot down,” says Per-Arne. “It gives you the confidence to enjoy every journey – and every moment – in the car.”
The moments of freedom
Throughout the day, the battery of the new V60 T8 Twin Engine is recharged as you slow down – this is known as ‘regenerative braking’. When you get home – or if you’re using a public charging point – you simply plug in so that the hybrid battery is charged up, ready for your next journey.
There’s also the flexibility of a conventional powertrain, so that on longer journeys you can be assured that you won’t run out of power. By keeping the car in default Hybrid mode, it automatically chooses between the petrol engine, electric motor, or a combination of the two, to keep you moving as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
“This car was designed from the outset to use a plug-in hybrid powertrain,” says Per-Arne. “So there’s no compromise on space or versatility. You get a fantastic load space that helps you do what you want to do. Even if you have to carry bulky equipment such as golf bags, climbing kit or camera gear, the new V60 T8 Twin Engine has space to spare. It’s a car that gives you the freedom to live an active life.”
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