Although Volvo just released the 2013 Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid in Europe, it’s already sold out. Volvo only planned to produce 1,000 units of the model, which is also the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid. Based on the high demand, Volvo is now ramping up production of the V60 diesel plug-in hybrid to 4,000-6,000 units for the 2014 model year.
Volvo has successfully integrated production of the V60 diesel plug-in hybrid on the same line as the automaker’s other models at tits Torslanda plant in Gothenburg. “We are first in the industry to integrate a plug-in hybrid in an established production flow together with other car models,” says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo Car Corporation. “The integration in the standard production flow gives the plug-in hybrid buyer the possibility to choose in principle all options available for the standard V60.”
The V60 diesel plug-in hybrid is powered by a 215 horsepower 2.4L five-cylinder diesel engine that sends its power to the front wheels, while the rear wheels are motivated by a 70 horsepower electric motor. The electric motor gets its energy from a 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which gives it the V60 plug-in hybrid ability to travel up to 31 miles in EV mode. Volvo has no plans to bring the V60 diesel plug-in hybrid to the U.S., but a similar plug-in hybrid with a gasoline engine is expected.