Volvo: One In Five Of All Volvo XC90s Sold Is A T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid

2 years ago by Mark Kane 15

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo XC90 T8 - Image Credit: Michael Beinenson / InsideEVs

Volvo XC90 T8 – Image Credit: Michael Beinenson / InsideEVs

Volvo recently released an interesting note that the plug-in hybrid Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine accounts for one in five of all XC90 sales.

“Volvo Cars, which has a rich heritage of research and development in electric vehicles stretching back over 40 years, is one of the leading car makers in the field of plug-in hybrids with its Twin Engine technology.

Already now, one in five of all Volvo XC90s sold is a T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid.

It’s not precise enough to be sure, but we could make some assumptions. In ~2015 (for the months the vehicle was available) Volvo sold 40,621 new XC90, while in the two months of 2016 another 12,274 were moved (52,895 total).

In the best case scenation, at 20% share it would mean that T8 Twin Engine has already passed the 10,000 unit milestone or is approaching it quickly. Limited Volvoès data point specifically to 2016, the result should be well over 1,000 plug-ins selling per a month.

That’s certainly more than Volvo initially anticipated, and more than we ourselves originally imagined for the SUV, taking into consideration the plug-in’s just 8.9 kWh battery, with 14 miles of EPA range.

It is now apparent that there is a market for such vehicles (or basically any SUV that plugs in at all), and it will further expand with improving the range/power from the electric part of the drivetrain.

Plug-in hybrid is the way to go for Volvo these days, and every new model under development today will be offered in plug-in hybrid version, which is great news for the segment. By 2019, the first pure electric Volvo also was announced.

“Volvo Cars is one of the leading makers of plug-in hybrid cars and will offer a plug-in hybrid variant on every new model as it replaces its entire product portfolio in the coming years. It will introduce a fully electric vehicle by 2019, based on its modular SPA vehicle architecture.”

Quick specs for the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine:

  • 9.2 kWh battery and up to 14 miles of EPA all-electric range
  • AWD with peak 60 kW electric motor (rear) and 318 hp gasoline engine (front)
  • 5.9 seconds 0-60 mph (nearly 100 km/h)
  • 7 seats
Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine crowned SUV of the Year at UK COTY Awards

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine crowned SUV of the Year at UK COTY Awards

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15 responses to "Volvo: One In Five Of All Volvo XC90s Sold Is A T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid"

  1. Nate says:

    Mark,
    Do you know if this 1 in 5 figure is for US sales or worldwide sales?

    1. Mark Kane says:

      Worldwide sales (news from Volvo Global Newsroom).

  2. Get Real says:

    GM? Are you there? You could OWN this market with your Voltec. Hello??

    1. Jychevyvolt says:

      Voltec on the equinox would have killed every EV on the market.

      1. ModernMarvelFan says:

        Assume it is priced right.

        Yes. I would agree that it would lead all PEV sales in the US for sure.

        1. TomArt says:

          Absolutely – my thinking exactly when it first came out. I immediately recognized its scalability, and was shocked and appalled when Bob Putz announced that it won’t work for anything bigger or smaller. Talk about 24-karat bull—-!

  3. James says:

    If it had a Volt-like range I’d totally buy one. Love the look, Volvo safety.

  4. Get Real says:

    Yeah, AER at this price is rather weak sauce considering what is otherwise a nice vehicle.

  5. David Murray says:

    I wonder what the usable Kwh is in the battery? That’s a decent sized battery pack, this thing must get around 2 miles per kwh or something.

  6. Tech01x says:

    5.9 seconds 0-60 mph (nearly 100 km/h) is with the ICE. How fast is it on electricity only?

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      Too long to wait…

      Probably at the speed of a school bus.

  7. Just_chris says:

    I wonder how many are sold as company cars in the UK? 5% benefit in kind tax vs 25% is a pretty massive incentive on a car that expensive.

    Nice to see it selling hopefully the next gen will have something a little more impressive under the hood…. floor?

  8. Breezy says:

    They sold 1633 in Europe alone in December, so an average of 1000 per month worldwide is not out of the question.

  9. Lewis says:

    The range is a minimum 25 miles as per Volvo’s Statistics, and up to 90MPH on Pure mode.

  10. Roscoe says:

    I have been driving in the city for 3 weeks exclusively using electric motor, save that when the weather was colder ICE came on for a about 20 seconds for no apparent reason a few minutes into trip (i.e. not related to power draw or startup).

    The power is amazing for city driving. I can accelerate more quickly than general traffic on electric alone all of the time. Subjectively it feels highly responsive.

    In colder weather it indicated a range of 29 km on full charge but in fact I got closer to 20 only. Now in warmer weather shows 32 km on full charge and appears to get high 20s.

    It also shows 5.7 l/100 km but not clear what that is for: the few times ICE was on, or equivalent energy based on both ICE and e motor.

    While the manual is lengthy, it is inadequate for many who will be buying the T8. I suspect many of them want to understand what is going on, not just to be able to drive.