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In addition to the C30 Electric and the V50 DRIVe
Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid gets its first official test drive
At the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin this month

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: front view.

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: rear view.

The V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be on the market in 2012.

10 May 2011: Volvo Car Corp. enters the 11th Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin (18-22 May 2011) with three cars aimed at showing the brand's capabilities in combining environmental technology with luxury.

One of the three cars to attend this sustainability rally will be the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid in its first official road test drive, in addition to the Volvo C30 Electric and the Volvo V50 DRIVe.

The Michelin Challenge Bibendum is an international event that combines technical tests and evaluations, demonstrations and test drives to gauge the progress of vehicles, energies and technologies. Technologies and trends are debated in forums and conferences. Private and public sector opinion leaders and decision-makers gauge the advances and future sustainable energy paths for a better mobility.

 V60 Plug-in Hybrid

The V60 Plug-in Hybrid, which will be available on the market in 2012, is the result of close cooperation between Volvo Cars and Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall. It integrates the attributes of several types of cars in a dynamic sports wagon body shape. The driver chooses the preferred driving mode via three buttons on the instrument panel: Pure, Hybrid and Power. The instrument cluster illumination changes in each of the three modes, as illustrated in the pictures below.

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid instrument cluster illumination in Pure mode

V60 Plug-in Hybrid instrument cluster illumination in Hybrid mode

V60 Plug-in Hybrid instrument cluster illumination in Power mode

Illumination colour in Pure (top), Hybrid and Power modes.

In Pure mode the car runs only on its electric motor as much as possible. The driving range is up to 32 miles (about 50 km).

In the default Hybrid mode the diesel engine and electric motor interact to balance between driving pleasure and low environmental impact. Emissions of CO2 (New European Driving Cycle, NEDC) are 49 g/km, corresponding to diesel fuel consumption of 150 UK mpg (equivalent to 124.9 US mpg, 1.88 litres/100 km, 53.10 km/litre conversion based on autopressnews.com figures). The car's total range is up to 746 miles (1200 km).

The Power mode is optimised for performance. The diesel engine and electric motor have a combined power output 215 + 70 horsepower and maximum torque of 440 + 200 Nm.

The car's front wheels are driven by a five-cylinder 2.4-litre turbodiesel producing 215 hp/440 Nm. The rear axle has a 70 hp electric motor, which receives power from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

 C30 Electric

On the other hand, the C30 Electric offers a driving a range of up to 93 miles (150 km) per charge with almost zero carbon dioxide emissions.

The Volvo C30 Electric has a 111 hp electric motor delivering 220 Nm of torque. The 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is recharged via a regular 230 volt power socket. A full 10-ampere charge takes approximately 10 hours. This time drops to less than seven hours with 16A.

Volvo C30 Electric, front view (charging with electric cable).

C30 Electric: the certified range according to the New European Driving Cycle is 101 miles (163 km). However, Volvo Cars puts the practical range at 93 miles (150 km).

The certified range according to the NEDC is 101 miles (163 km). However, Volvo Cars specifies up to 93 miles as the car's practical range (150 km). The energy produced during engine braking is used to regenerate the battery.

The C30 Electric accelerates from 0 to 43.5mph (70 km/h) in 6.5 seconds. It has a top speed of 80.7 mph (130 km/h).

 V50 DRIVe

The V50 DRIVe is equipped with a 1.6-litre common rail turbo diesel featuring start/stop and other technical measures that bring CO2 emissions down to 99 g/km. The engine produces 115 hp/270 Nm and fuel consumption (EU combined) is 74.3 UK mpg (equivalent to 61.87 US mpg, 3.80 litres/100 km, 26.3 km/litre).

Volvo V50 DRIVe, front - side view.

V50 DRIVe combined fuel consumption: 74.3 UK mpg (equivalent to 61.87 US mpg, 3.80 litres/100 km, 26.3 km/litre).

"We have moved ahead very quickly since we launched our first three 119 gram models in Paris in the autumn of 2008... we now have seven models below 120 g/km, three of them below 100 grams" says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo Car Corporation.

Mertens concludes: "The V60 Plug-in Hybrid and the C30 represents our ambition to bring electric power into the Volvo showrooms as soon as possible. The cars shown at Michelin Challenge Bibendum are part of test fleets that are very close to production quality."

 

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