Volvo has revealed a sub-50g/km diesel-electric plug-in hybrid version of its V60 estate at the Geneva motor show.
The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will have combined economy of 150mpg, thanks to a 212bhp, 325lb ft 2.4-litre D5 turbodiesel engine, which powers the front wheels, while the rear axle is powered by Volvo’s ERAD (Electric Rear Axle Drive) system. This incorporates a 69bhp electric motor that is powered by a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. A six-speed automatic transmission also features.
Three driving modes are offered by the V60 plug-in: Pure, Hybrid and Power. In Pure mode the car operates on electricity-only for up to 32 miles; Hybrid is the default mode that balances economy and performance; Power mode is used to give the car its best possible performance. A full recharge takes 7.5 hours from a 230V/6A power socket.
The driver will have the ability to preheat or cool the cabin during the recharging process, a system that can be operated by the in-car menu or a smartphone app. Other plug-in hybrid features include a revised instrument panel, lightweight alloy wheels and low resistance Pirelli tyres.