Volvo’s Polestar Performance Division Confirms S90, V90 PHEVs Coming In 2018

2 months ago by Mark Kane 8

Volvo S90 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo’s performance arm Polestar is developing quicker S90 and V90 versions. It’s expected that the Polestar┬áS90/V90 will be based on the most powerful T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrids and enter market at some point in 2018. To no one’s surprise, the move to offer an upgraded S90/V90 model is motivated by the desire to distinguish Volvo from German competitors like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.

With the Polestar treatment, the tweaked S90/V90 will get more power output and improved response and drivability. Since the focus is not on the electric side of things, the car’s all-electric range might suffer some. The current versions of this Volvo PHEV uses a 9.2 kWh battery (6.7 kWh usable) to get a range of around 24 miles.

Source: Autocar

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8 responses to "Volvo’s Polestar Performance Division Confirms S90, V90 PHEVs Coming In 2018"

  1. PHEVfan says:

    I’m guessing that 24 miles in NEDC since they’re only using 6.7kWh of the battery. Expect US EPA of ~16-18 miles

    1. Daniel says:

      They are upgrading the battery to 10.4 kWh. Don’t know how much is usable though

      http://www.vibilagare.se/nyheter/mer-energi-i-volvos-laddhybrid

      (Source in Swedish, sorry)

      1. Brutus99 says:

        Thanks, interesting!

        Here is the translated version ­čÖé

        From model year 2018 Volvo increases the amount of energy in the plug-in hybrid T8 Twin Engine, which is offered to the models V90, S90, XC90 and the all-new XC60.

        – We have increased the amount of usable energy by 20 percent, says Olle Fixed, project manager for drivelines.

        The capacity increases from 9.2 to 10.4 kilowatt hours without the battery, which is packaged in the tunnel, larger or heavier.

        – Battery development is in rocket speed. The batteries will be both cheaper and better, says Olle Fast.

        Exactly what power amplification means to reach is not fixed yet. Before the update was operational range “of 40 km” for the XC90 and “over 45 kilometers” for V90 and S90, according to Volvo’s information.

        Today plug-in hybrid functions as Volvo’s top model with engine power of 400 horsepower and rates of approximately SEK 650 000 (V90 T8 Twin Engine).

        A cheaper laddhybridvariant, which combines an electric motor with a three-cylinder gasoline engine, is however evolving. It confirms Volvo Development Henry Green.

        – T8 we have today is a high-performance alternative. Where we want to broaden the range and offer more options of the power level and the degree of electrification. And in that puzzle, the three-cylinder engine to play a major role, says Henrik Green and notes:

        – But how exactly we put the puzzle we return later.

  2. Michael Will says:

    Zzzz more legacy hybrids – make one with 90kW battery and ditch the oil burner

    1. SJC says:

      They need to make compact and mid sized PHEVs to build a rep.

  3. pjwood1 says:

    Given Tesla hired Anders Bell away from Volvo, it is more likely the Tesla interior adapts to the Volvo than it is Volvo grows their battery. As Tesla continually rolls out improvements, we could see changes soon.

  4. Get Real says:

    Weak sause, Europe compliance-mobiles.

  5. cab says:

    The bigger PHEV news from Volvo is the XC60 T8. While it will still likely have a sub 20 miles EV range, the combination of:

    – Small Luxury SUV (Volvo’s best seller)
    – Sweet Looks (very sharp and XC90 junior interior)
    – 400+ HP

    Will make for a nice combo for a lot of folks. We will consider one to replace our existing 2012 XC60 R-Design, especially since my wife and I are working from home these days and suddenly the sub 20 mile EV range seems “doable” w/o sacrificing longer distance travel (like the trip we are about to make in our Model S which, frankly, is going to be a bit more of a pain because of charging).

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