The only real drawback is the purchase price
The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will remain exempt from the new London Congestion Charging structure under the newly confirmed Ultra Low Emission Discount (ULED) rules, when it comes into place on the 1st July 2013.
The new rules mean that cars must emit CO2 emissions of less than 75 g/km, which has reduced the number of eligible cars significantly.
With an official CO2 emission figure of 48 g/km subject to the annual £10 registration fee the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid still defeats the daily charge. It also benefits from zero vehicle excise duty (VED) and company owners they are allowed 100% first year write down allowance.
Hybrid Benefit In Kind taxation was originally expected to rise from the current (2013-14) 5% to 15% in 2015-16. However, the government has now confirmed that vehicles emitting between zero and 50g/km of CO2, which the V60 Plug-in Hybrid falls into, will be taxed at 5% in 2015-16 and 7% in 2016-17, instead of the higher 51-75g/km band, taxed at 9% and 11% respectively.
The only real drawback is the purchase price of the V60 D6 AWD Plug-in Hybrid which is priced from £48,775 (£43,775 including the £5000 Plug-in Car Grant) for the SE Lux Nav, not exactly cheap.
The V60 D6 AWD is powered by a 215 hp diesel engine which drives the front wheels, while a 70hp electric motor drives the rear wheels. There are three selectable modes (Pure, Hybrid and Power) allowing the driver to dictate they want to drive. It can reach speeds of up to 78 mph in pure electric mode and has a range of up to 31 miles in this mode, subject to conditions and speed, etc. Under all-wheel-drive it will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 145 mph, which is very respectable – yet it has a CO2 rating of 48 g/km.
The 11.2kW lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged via standard UK household 3-pin plug, and subject to the battery condition the diesel engine will recharge the battery.
The V60 D6 AWD is well equipped with technology such as Active Bending Xenon Headlights with permanent high-beam and Cyclist Detection.Published 1 May 2013