Volvo Begins Selling Diesel Plug-In Hybrid Next Year

By AutoObserver Staff December 13, 2011

Volvo Car Corp. said today it will begin selling early next year the 2013 V60 diesel plug-in hybrid vehicle, a car it said will be the most advanced ever sold by the company. Volvo claims it is the world’s first production diesel-engine hybrid with plug-in recharging capability for its lithium-ion battery pack, a process that can take less than four hours. The cost of the car, which initially will be available only in a silver color, is 57,000 euros, or almost $75,000 at current exchange rates.

Volvo indicated in a release the V60 plug-in hybrid will initially be available only in Europe in an initial run of 1,000 units next year, with production rising to “between 4,000 and 6,000 cars as of model year 2014.” No mention was made of potential availability in North America. The car’s 2.4-liter 5-cylinder diesel drives the front wheels, while electric drive is applied to the rear wheels by a 70-horsepower electric motor. The driver can select from three different driving modes and Volvo claims pure-electric range is as much as 31 miles.

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