Volvo has unveiled its plans to increase production of the V60 Plug-In Hybrid following increased demand. The company produced an initial 1000-unit batch for the 2013 model year. But they all sold out just before the plug-in hybrid reached European dealerships.
In this context, the automaker is planning to meet demand by increasing the supply in the 2014 model year.
Volvo will increase production to between 4,000 and 6,000 cars for the 2014 model year. But, we are not clear whether theUSmarket can expect to ever see the attractive and efficient smart vehicle.
The Americans are more interested in buying “clean diesel” vehicles, and the plug-in hybrid mileage benefits can be an added advantage compared to V60. The world’s first plug-in hybrid diesel will be built at Volvo’s Torslanda plant in Gothenburg.
The V60 the plug-in hybrid version has an additional 300 parts including an electric motor, custom cooling system and battery pack. The 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery is the most complex system in the vehicle.
The Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid is powered by a 5-cylinder, 2.4-liter turbodiesel that drives the front wheels and an electric motor to power the rear ones. It can boast a total range of up to 621 miles, and in electric mode it can drive up to 31 miles. Fuel consumption is an industry low of 1.9l/100km.
The V60 Plug-in Hybrid is a unique car and will be a historic leap not only for Volvo Car Corporation but for the entire car industry.