Volvo are revealing the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Although only a concept at this stage it show cases Volvo’s commitment to green technology, yet retaining the pleasure of a performance SUV.
The Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept is powered by a four cylinder 280 hp petrol engine and a 70 hp electric motor which allows the XC60 to sprint from 0-62 mph in 6.1 seconds, yet is capable of a range of 28 miles purely under the power of the electric motor.
The front wheels of the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept are powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine from the forthcoming VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture) engine family, whilst the rear is powered by a 70 hp electric motor.
It is possible to select an electric four-wheel drive mode in the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept by pressing the AWD (All Wheel Drive) button. Instead of the mechanical power transfer of conventional four-wheel drive, the central control unit distributes power between the petrol-driven front wheels and the electrically driven rear axle. The electric four-wheel drive system has been designed to provide better traction when starting and when driving on slippery roads, for instance, in snow or mud.
The driver can choose their desire driving mode via three buttons on the instrument panel -Pure, Hybrid or Power.
In the Pure Mode the car is powered solely by its electric motor as much as possible. The range according to the European certification driving cycle NEDC is 28 miles. The battery pack is recharged from a regular power outlet, at home or at a parking place. Recharging time varies with the current. If 220V is available, a full charge with 12A takes just 3.5 hours. With 110V/12A a full charge takes 7.5 hours.
Hybrid Mode is the default mode whenever the car is started. The petrol engine and electric motor co-operate to provide maximum driving pleasure. According to the European certification driving cycle NEDC, CO2 emissions are 53 g/km (2.3 l/100 km) - which translates into fuel economy of over 100 mpg. The car has a total operating range of up to 600 miles.
In Power Mode, the technology is optimised to create maximum possible power. The petrol engine with 280 hp is combined with the electric motor with 70 hp.
There is no news of the Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid being put into production or if it will ever be available in the UK, which would be a shame if it is not on both accounts.Published 4 January 2012