The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is all set to hit the roads of Berlin on May 18th. However, it will only be an official road test as part of the 11th Michelin Challenge Bibendum and the vehicle will be actually launched only by 2012 .
As you know, the Michelin Challenge Bibendum is a major annual sustainable mobility event, sponsored by the French tire company Michelin. It aims at showcasing technological research into “clean vehicles” and allows them to be assessed in real operating conditions. The V60 plug-in features a 2.4-liter turbodiesel engine, a 70-horsepower electric motor and a 12-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The plug-in V60 features a number of energy saving facilities too. Let’s check one by one.
The three buttons located on the instrument panel – pure, hybrid and power – allow the driver to select one of these operating modes. According to this report, the vehicle operates only using its electric motor as far as possible offering a driving range up to 50 km (31 miles) in pure mode.
As the tag ‘hybrid’ suggests, the hybrid mode make use of both the diesel engine and electric motor so as to provide a balance between efficiency and performance. The driver can switch off to power mode for maximum acceleration.
Besides the V60 Plug-in, two other Volvo car models viz Volvo C30 Electric and Volvo V50 DRIVe are also participating in the 11th Michelin Challenge Bibendum under the tag: ‘Clean-Safe-Connected’.
Unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the culmination of close cooperation between Volvo Cars and Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall.