Volvo’s new Volvo V60 plug-in diesel-electric hybrid will go on sale in the UK in the spring priced from £47,000. The model is the first car of its type and will qualify for the government’s £5000 electric car grant, bringing down the price to £42,000.
Volvo claims the V60 plug-in, which will be badged Volvo V60 D6, has CO2 emissions of just 49g/km, although no fuel economy figures have been quoted. The all-wheel drive D6’s front wheels are powered by a 212bhp, 324lb ft five-cylinder 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The electric rear axle is powered by a 69bhp, 147lb ft electric motor, which in turn is powered by an 11.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack located under the boot’s floor. In the D6’s Pure driving mode (Hybrid and Power are the other two driving modes), the car has a theoretical electric-only range of up to 32 miles. Volvo claims this is enough to meet the needs of most European driver’s daily mileage. A driver can also select to save electric power for later in their journey by activating ‘Save’ mode.