The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will have its first official road test drive at the 11th Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin during 18th - 22nd May 2011.
Volvo will enter three cars into the sustainability rally, the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, the Volvo C30 Electric and the Volvo V50 DRIVe.
"In order to get true car enthusiasts to think green, you have to offer them the opportunity to drive with low carbon dioxide emissions without taking away the adrenaline rush that promotes genuine driving pleasure," says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo Car Corporation.
He adds: "Since the Michelin Challenge Bibendum drives include acceleration and handling tests as well as energy efficient driving, we expect that our cars will do very well. All of them are just as well equipped, comfortable, sporty and safe as all Volvo models."
The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid integrates properties from three car types into the sports wagon. The driver is able to choose their preferred driving mode via three buttons on the instrument panel: Pure, Hybrid and Power.
In Pure mode, the car is powered by its electric motor as much as possible, with a range of up to 32 miles.
The default Hybrid mode utilises both the diesel engine and electric motors to provide the balance between driving pleasure with low environmental impact. CO2 emissions are 49g/km with diesel fuel consumption of 150mpg. Total range is up to 746 miles.
Power mode is designed to provide the best possible performance. The diesel engine and electric motor have a power output of 215 + 70 horsepower and maximum torque of 440 + 220 Nm.
The front wheels are driven is driven by a five-cylinder 2.4 litre turbodiesel which produces 215hp/440Nm. The rear axle is driven by a 70hp electric motor, and receives power from a 12 KWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be available late 2012.Published 10 May 2011