World's first plug-in diesel hybrid will enter production next year

Volvo has announced what it claims to be the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid. Volvo is claiming that the V60 Hybrid is more than an economy car, even going so far as to call the car an EV, hybrid, and muscle car in one. The V60 Hybrid was first announced in February of this year.
The car will go into production and be offered only in silver for the first 1,000 units built. The initial production run will also have specially designed aero wheels, an exclusive interior, and a bunch of standard features. Sales are set to kick off at the end of 2012 and the first of the V60 Hybrids will roll off assembly lines in the fall of 2012. 
"Our plug-in hybrid has received considerable attention since it was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011. Now we're taking the next step by presenting the production model, which is graced with a distinctive profile featuring a spectacular silver color, exclusive interior and generous standard equipment," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation.
The car will have an entirely digital Driver Information Monitor that replaces the conventional analog gauges with a single LED screen. Menus in the system allow the driver to customize how they want.
The V60 Hybrid will also launch with a mobile app that will allow the user to communicate with the vehicle via a smartphone. The app will allow the driver to control the AC and set reminders if the car hasn’t been plugged in.
This is the first Volvo to wear the new D6 badge signifying a 5-cylinder turbodiesel and electric motor. The performance will be in the range of the normal gas using T6. The engine alone produces 215hp, has a max torque of 440nm, and comes coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. The rear axle is powered by an electric motor that produces 70hp; the gas engine apparently doesn’t power the rear axle at all. That electric motor gets power from an 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack under the floor of the car.
The car can operate in “Pure” mode using the electric motor as much as possible with a range on electric power of 31 miles. The “Hybrid” mode is standard with low CO2 emissions and a range of up to 621 miles. In “Power” mode the car gets the 215hp diesel power along with the 70hp electric motor's grunt for a combined 660nm of torque. This pushes the car from 0-60mph 6.2 seconds.

Source: Volvo

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