Volvo has successfully integrated the assembly of the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid on the same production line as several of its regular models.
The new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will see an initial batch of 1,000 units for the 2013 model year before the Swedish automaker increases production to between 4,000 and 6,000 cars from model year 2014. The first customer deliveries will begin early next year.
“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.”
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The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is powered by a 2.4-liter, five-cylinder turbo diesel engine with 215 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor makes 70 hp and receives its power from a 11.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and helps deliver a range of up to 32 miles on electric power alone. It is being successfully built alongside production models V60, V70, XC70, S80, and XC90.