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Volvo V60 Diesel-Electric To Debut In Geneva, Hit Market In 2012

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On: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 2:51PM | By: Chris Weiss

Volvo V60 Diesel-Electric To Debut In Geneva, Hit Market In 2012

If you want to limit your carbon footprint as much as possible, without any regard to traveling distances, you get an electric vehicle. If you want to combine a greener drive with a car that's versatile enough for the real world, you get a plug-in hybrid. And if you want the market's best combination of clean driving and range, you look for a diesel-electric hybrid.

Volvo will soon offer its own diesel-electric, a car that it's calling a market first. The V60 Plug-In Hybrid is scheduled for sale next year and will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Developed with the help of Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall, the V60 uses a 70-hp electric motor that provides up to 31 miles of all-electric driving with the help of a 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack. After that, a D5 2.4-liter five-cylinder turbodiesel kicks in to power the car. Volvo hasn't indicated the full range that the electric and diesel will combine for.

The car will get the equivalent of 124 mpg while emitting less than 50 g/km of CO2. The diesel engine puts out 215 horses and 325 lb-ft and is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. The diesel is connected to the front wheels and the electric motor is hooked to the rear.

Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby described the car in a statement: "In order to get true car enthusiasts to think green, you have to offer them the opportunity to drive with low carbon dioxide emissions without taking away the adrenaline rush that promotes genuine driving pleasure. The V60 Plug-in Hybrid has all the traditional properties of a genuine sports wagon. What we've done is to spice it up with spearhead technology."

Volvo's Geneva show car will be a preview of the production model, which has been described as "virtually production-ready." The plug-in V60 is scheduled for market release in 2012. Unfortunately, like so many other things diesel, the V60 is not expected to be sold in North America. We'll still be left with the rather wide chasm between electric vehicle and gas-electric plug-in hybrid.

The V60 will debut at a press conference on March 1.


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