The first official test drives of the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid will take place next week during the Michelin Challenge Bibendum, a symposium on sustainable transportation for the future that this year is being hosted by Berlin. The theme of this year’s event is “Clean Safe Connected,” and will make a fitting backdrop for the rollout of Volvo’s versatile new PHEV.
The Volvo V60 hybrid was a collaboration between Volvo and Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall. The car can be operated in all-electric “Pure” mode, default “Hybrid” mode, or a performance-oriented “Power” mode for an all-electric range of 31 miles and a total hybrid range of 746 miles. In Power mode, the diesel engine and electric motor work together to provide 215 and 70 horsepower respectively and 325 and 148 pound-feet of torque, giving it what we expect will be plenty of power to keep test drivers happy.