Volvo’s new XC60 plug-in hybrid concept was presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which took place on 9-22 January.
The car has many similarities to the V60 PHEV, which will start selling at the end of this year, but a few aspects are different: The XC60 PHEV concept is run on electricity and petrol, whereas the V60 is a diesel hybrid. The petrol engine runs on the front wheels and the electric motor on the rear wheels. The drivetrains in both the V60 and XC60 plug-in hybrids were developed as a part of the joint venture between Volvo and Vattenfall.
The Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid concept. Photo: Volvo
The petrol engine is a four-cylinder with 280 horsepowers and 380Nm. When combined with the electric motor the car offers 350hp, which gives the car similar performance to that of a car with an eight-cylinder engine. The electric range in “Pure Mode” is 45 kilometers, according to the European certification cycle NEDC. In the mixed “Hybrid Mode”, the CO2 emissions are 53g / km and the petrol consumption 2.3l / 100km. In “Power Mode”, the petrol engine and electric motor are combined, giving the car a four-wheel drive.
The lithium-ion battery takes 3.5 hours to charge from a home or workplace outlet with 12A / 220V. If the driver prefers to drive on electricity in areas where he/she feels it is more beneficial (i.e. urban areas, areas with low speed-limits etc.) there is a “Save” button that will save power for around 20 kilometers’ range.
Volvo has also worked with reducing weight and improving aerodynamics, to further reduce fuel consumption. The drivetrains are lighter that conventional combustion engines and the number of unique parts have been reduced.
Tommy Lindholm, electric car expert at Vattenfall, says: “The XC60 PHEV is a sophisticated vehicle with very good performance, comfort and safety to meet the requirements of an advanced family car with low fuel consumption. The XC60 PHEV vehicle is equipped with an electric motor at the rear axle so the car can run as a pure electric via the stored energy in the battery. The XC60 PHEV has the function to regenerate energy to the battery at braking and retardation, to extend the electric driving distance.”
Volvo's press release (new window)