Volvo XC90 T8 Gets EPA Rated – Electric Range Of Up To 14 Miles

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 40

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine - A Rare Plug-In SUV Offering

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine – A Rare Plug-In SUV Offering

The Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV has received its official EPA ratings.

From the graphic above, it’s clear that the XC90 PHEV is quite the fuel-sipper, especially given its size. At 30 MPG combined, the XC90 T8 is very efficient for its class.

On the electric side, we see that it’s rated at 0 to 13 miles of all-electric range , or 14 miles combined.

Below:  Some detailed/advanced stats for the Volvo, as well as some other PHEVs for reference:

Detailed Look At EPA Rating For Various Plug-In Hybrids, Including Volvo XC90 T8 SUV

Detailed Look At EPA Rating For Various Plug-In Hybrids, Including Volvo XC90 T8 SUV

One specification that jumps out is the Volvo’s small 13.2 gallon gas tank. Given the low capacity, the Volvo is a bit burdened by a total driving range of only 350 miles (including electric).

The Volvo XC90 has been on sale in the U.S. since August (sort of), yet we’re just now seeing its official EPA figures. Volume sales began in December.

The XC90 starts at $68,100 in the U.S.

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40 responses to "Volvo XC90 T8 Gets EPA Rated – Electric Range Of Up To 14 Miles"

  1. Brian says:

    13.2 gas tank and ONLY 13max electric miles? I need to leave the room before I laugh in the face of Volvo suits who gave this the green light.

    1. RexxSee says:

      14 miles AER! 14 miles! Ha! Ha! Ha! HA!

      1. tostik says:

        You do know this is a hybrid, right??? All-Electric is inadequate in (1) infrastructure (2) range (3) charging time, and (4) price. And Volvo can’t make the T8 XC90 fast enough. There’s a several month waiting list.

    2. KF says:

      You can laugh as much as you want, but so can Volvo…model year 2016 is sold out a long time ago. MY17 is being sold now with a 6K USD increase in price…

      1. Djoni says:

        Sold out? Yes all 86 units have been sold and one of them probably for you.
        Selling so few doesn’t mean a thing.

        1. KF says:

          88 units were delivered in the US during 2015 because of low supply and deliveries only started in december to customers.2.5k units were delivered in the Nederlands alone in the two last months of 2015 because of new taxes in 2016. Over 20K orders for the T8 globally…many left to be delivered in the US.

    3. tostik says:

      Laugh all you want. Volvo can’t keep up with the demand for the 7-seater T8 XC90 hybrid. There’s a several month waiting list. And a lot of us don’t want to deal with inadequacies of all-electric cars.

    4. Roscoe says:

      Sad that these sites tend to be dominated by fanboys or mindless critics who appear to know little about the cars.

      I commute for three days on electric only without plugging in. I have been shocked at how much power is available for city driving from an 80 HP electric motor.

      But the range is seriously overstated in cold weather and clearly the range is not sufficient for many Americans. For them the diesel, (sadly Volvo US does not import those)would be the sensible choice. But for many urban drivers who also drive longer distances, a PHEV is currently a sensible compromise, helps city dwellers breathe and this one drives like a dream (though 400 hp is clearly overkill).

  2. Philip d says:

    I find it irritating that almost all of the PHEVs hide their actual power output in all electric mode.

    They do little tricks like list the electric motor’s or motors’ maximum output but conveniently leave out the actual output of the system in EV mode which is never just calculated by simply adding the motor outputs since the battery size and output is usually the limiting factor.

    Also depending on how the specific drivetrain works many time the larger electric motor output is never achieved in EV mode but rather is a combined output from the battery AND the output from the gas engine acting as a generator as it’s running in hybrid mode.

    I wish hp outputs for each mode were required on the window sticker for the customer to make informed choices when purchasing a PHEV. The only way to know for sure in many cases is to just take a test drive and put it in EV mode.

  3. Ian says:

    The majority of humans are quite dumb and don’t want to take risks and embrace change. I used to bitch about the low electric mileage too. 13/15/19 miles electric WTF…but then I realized the slow and deliberate psychological approach to the masses by the established automakers. Electric car nuts like us are living a few years in the future but no one else is and they won’t get here unless they are trained. Once they accept small electric additions to vehicles and it becomes the norm then it should accelerate range increases. That’s probably why you keep hearing 2020 as a reference date for longer range vehicles. It’s going to take 4 years to prime the population. Now I see it as any electric range is better than none.

    1. mustang_sallad says:

      I second that!

    2. RexxSee says:

      Public Relation’s corporate propaganda B.S. There is NO learning curve with BEVs. They are easier to drive, easier to maintain..
      This is only delaying and peprpetuating the poisonous ICE.

    3. RexxSee says:

      Yeah sure, “psychological approach”… that’s why EV1 leasees even went to jail to keep the cars, to go on “learning” lol!

      Those lame AER hybrids are “psychological” warfare against BEVs!
      Volvo is the new Toyota

      1. Ian says:

        Take some time and let it sink in. People are not as ready as you think.

        1. RexxSee says:

          Ready for what? What’s the big deal? You start the car and you go. no gears, no trips to the gas station, no trips to the dealer for maintenance. You plug it like your phone and forget it!

          1. RexxSee says:

            No poison, no stinking noisy vibrating cumbersome engine, no mandatory satellite systems, no smells.
            Don’t make lousy hybrids, make long range BEVs.

            1. vdiv says:

              RexxSee sounds like a nut job but is absolutely right. It is no longer 2010, no more reasons and excuses for lame PHEVs.

              1. RexxSee says:

                The nut job thanks you and ask you to educate yourself on how hard we are being manipulated by industrial psychologists.
                You may try “Outfoxed” or “Baby It’s Cold Tonoght (BBC)” on Youtube, or the book “Merchants of Doubt” or else Chomsky’s “Manufacturing Consent”.

                It is not rare to see a third half of the “opinions” (regular writers or else) on green sites being hijacked by those A** H**** from the billions spent in “Public Relations” by oil and car companies.

                1. RexxSee says:

                  oups: “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

          2. tom911 says:

            Manufacturers are not ready to kill the cash cow called ‘The Service Department’. It’s where they make most of their money as opposed to the Sales Department.

            All electric or plug-in cars (like the Volt) means few or no trips to your local dealer. You get to keep the cash in your pocket instead of handing over for oil changes, tune-ups and required maintenance.

    4. DocDragon says:

      But I think more importantly, manufacturers would benefit from the falling costs of batteries. You can bet that AER would have been through the roof by now if battery packs weren’t so expensive and encroach on the profit margins. It’s all about the money! 😉

    5. Djoni says:

      I submit you just did quit on the subject.
      EV have so far just been a less than 1% of market share in new sales!
      If you put that number in perspective of the world total car and figure that any new vehicle is good to rumble on this planet for an average of 11 years, this is a rate of change that will take millennium to express anything noticeable.
      So reconsider your view, this is an idiotic vehicle that solve nothing and perpetuate the too big to fail and bigger is better thinking.
      I submit this wishful thinking is exactly what got us in this mess.

      1. Djoni says:

        It’s a reply to Ian an is pair.

        1. Ian says:

          I didn’t quit anything. I finished my rye and Coke and went to bed. I don’t loose sleep because some one doesn’t agree with me. These comments wouldn’t be interesting if everyone agreed on everything. Sometimes I learn more from the comments than the article.

          1. Djoni says:

            Rye is fine with me, but I’d leave the coke out has I would with the ICE in this mammoth or other anyway.

            Cheer!

  4. K says:

    In Europe 50% of commuters live no more than 5 miles from work. Those with longer commute often go by train. This car woulf still work for many if they could afford it

    1. Seth says:

      I wish my train was even 5 miles away here, and it isn’t. The average is way too low for the commute, it’s just silly. Public transport doesn’t reach everywhere, moreso outside of the big cities.

      Think 10 to 20 miles for a large group of people. Mine is 20 miles one way, and that works fine with a i-Miev. It is 35 minutes by car or 1:20 bij bus and train.

      Some commute 60 miles a day one way, which seems like a poor life choice, but with the current job market it is difficult.

    2. pk says:

      If my work was 5 miles from home I’d damn well be walking or biking.

  5. 13 miles AER is disappointing, but keep in mind that the XC90 is a really big car. With workplace charging, this would be an all-electric commute for over 40% of US commuters.

    It’s probably inevitable that the AER will get bumped with successive generations of battery chemistry.

    Its more a matter of balancing costs than slowly acclimating the public to electric drive.

    1. MDEV says:

      Volvo is as bog as the Mitsubishi SUV.

      1. Phil says:

        No, it’s far larger.

  6. LM says:

    Finally some detail on PHEVs! Great info here.

    Did someone at Volvo like the number 13 or something?

    I can’t figure out how they thought these were acceptable numbers for electric range and tank size. I almost plunked down the $1000 to pre-order since they aren’t actually available until February, so glad I didn’t. What happened to the 25 estimated range?

    And why on earth is the tank so small? My commute is 50 miles round trip and I can only charge at home so this car isn’t even an option now.

    So disappointing, what a let down.

    1. KF says:

      You shouldn’t have let it go, they are sold out for a long time and delivery times are packing months now…MY17 is now being sold with a 6K USD price increase. Owners are getting close to 20 miles according to the Volvo forum…one guy has used 0.5 Gallons of gas in 200 miles…I think the EV range works for their purpose.

  7. Someone out there says:

    That thing is a tank, not a car!

    It’s going to be really fun to drive when the oil goes back to $100/barrel

  8. ModernMarvelFan says:

    “At 30 MPG combined, the XC90 T8 is very efficient for its class.”

    Why is it 30mpg when the EPA label says 25MPG combined?

    Which one is right?

  9. Koenigsegg says:

    Weak

  10. Drucifer says:

    I probably would have bit at 20 or 22 miles. My wife may yet bite, but I would say that the Tesla Model X 70D lightly optioned with a better tax credit is looking more attractive to me than the XC90 T8 Inscription for the same money.

  11. Chris O says:

    In the US the market potential of this type of high-end PHEVs was in the hundreds in 2015.

    meanwhile 25,000 Model S were sold.

  12. Zoopath says:

    They want that much for 14 miles of electric range and that’s only the best care scenario? That’s ridiculous. The x makes way more sense for what you get.