With the Geneva Auto Show just around the corner, Volvo has pulled the wraps off it’s latest eco warrior, the Volvo V60 Plug-In Diesel Hybrid. Of all plug-in hybrid cars, of the diesel kinds, a station wagon pips all else to emerge as the world’s first production ready plug-in Diesel hybrid. The Volvo V60 is a station wagon based on the S60 Sedan and this very car will get a 70 Bhp plug-in electric motor to supplement it’s five pot 215 Bhp, 440 Nm, D5 Diesel engine. This latest move from Volvo will make the already frugal diesel option a lot more frugal and along with that will also translate into very low running costs and even lower emissions.
It isn’t all frugal going though. When your right leg feels the need for it, the electric motor will pump out 200 Nm of torque and allied with the 440 Nm produced the Diesel engine, you have a station wagon that will be blisteringly quick. The driver will have the option of three modes on the V60: A pure electric mode that will propel the big Volvo to 50 kms on a single charge, a hybrid mode for alternating propulsion and last but not the least, a power mode with the electric motor operating in extra boost mode for a zer0 to hundred timing of just 6.9 seconds.
The electric motor’s battery stack can be charged in as little as three hours time on a 16 Amp socket, making it a very convenient alternative to most other plug-in hybrids which needs to plugged in a whole night for enough juice the next day. Meanwhile, Volvo, known for it’s exemplary commitment towards safety will kit out the V60 Plug-In diesel Hybrid with enough safety wizardry to make it an ultra safe car for both it’s passengers as well as pedestrians and other road users.
Since this Volvo uses lithium ion batteries, special tests to ensure collision safety with the batteries on board have also been conducted by the Swedish auto maker. Also, Volvo says that it will ensure the safe disposal of used up and unserviceable batteries as battery recycling is one grey area that needs to be addressed by auto makers and legislators alike as sales number of hybrid and electric cars sees an upward trajectory. Meanwhile, here’s a little video that explains what the volvo V60 Plug-In Diesel Hybrid is all about