Production of Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid to Increase Substantially in 2014


Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid

Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid

It’s not often that news on the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid leaks out, but this time it’s pouring out.

V60 Plug-In Hybrid

V60 Plug-In Hybrid

Volvo’s diesel V60 Plug-In Hybrid just qualified for the UK’s £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant, which means that buyers in the UK could purchase the diesel plug-in for an after-credit price of £43,775 ($65,737 US).  Yes, that’s still expensive, but the luxury-oriented V60 Plug-In is loaded and is claimed to be the world’s only production diesel plug-in hybrid available today.

Late last year, Volvo kicked off production of a limited (1,000 units) run of V60 plug-ins.  Those are sold out.  But the other bit of news on the V60 front is that by 2014, Volvo will crank up production of the V60 Plug-In Hybrid to 4,000 to 6,000 units per year.

Quoting Ian Howat, head of product and pricing at Volvo UK:

“The V60 Plug-in Hybrid has been a worldwide success with the initial run of 1000 cars sold out before the car reached the showrooms.  Now that we have received the UK Government’s plug-in grant I’m sure the world’s first plug-in diesel hybrid will become even more attractive to UK customers wishing to purchase leading vehicle technology.”

Fitted with a five-cylinder 2.4-liter turbo diesel producing 215 horsepower and featuring a 70-hp electric motor, the capable plug-in wagon zips from 0 to 62 mph in 6.1 seconds.  Electric-only range is listed at up to 31 miles courtesy of an 11.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.  Torque is impressive at 472 pound-feet.  Total driving range is 560 miles.

And for the last bit of V60 news, Volvo announced that it will unveil the 2014 Model Year V60 at the Geneva Motor Show.  Changes made to the non-electrified V60 will sweep across the lineup to be included in the plug-in version when production gets underway in April.  Deliveries are scheduled to commence in July.

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Something tells me that the UK will get the Ford Mondeo Wagon Energi, instead of the sedan that we have here. Wagons do very well in the UK.

But a diesel plug-in hybrid seems like a double edge sword.

“France’s environment minister says diesel fuel, which powers about 80 percent of the country’s light-duty vehicles, should be taxed at higher levels for the sake of public health, Bloomberg News reports.

Delphine Batho, in a radio interview, said the idea of increasing diesel taxes is a “public health issue,” and it also happens that a higher rate would boost France’s tax revenue by $11 billion a year. French diesel-fuel taxes are about 25 cents less a gallon than gasoline because diesel is used in farm vehicles and commercial trucks.

Earlier this year, Jacqueline McGlade, executive director of the European Union’s European Environment Agency, said that the higher nitrogen dioxide emissions from diesels nullified much of the gains from the greater fuel efficiency. In fact, the European Commission has said that nitrogen dioxide, combined with other pollutants such as particulate matter, may cause more than 400,000 premature deaths in Europe annually. The World Health Organization released a report last year saying that diesel emissions are linked to cancer.”


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