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Test Drive: Volvo V60 Plug-In Electric Hybrid

UK publication gives its impressions on Volvo's electric hybrid that offers up to 31 miles of EV-mode driving range.

Published: 17-Jan-2014

Volvo’s approach to electromobility is a distinctive one. The V60 Plug-in Hybrid offers tax-conscious CO2 emissions and the potential for staggering fuel economy, but it’s a true Jekyll and Hyde car, pairing this with near-T6 performance and all-weather traction.

Under the bonnet is the familiar 215bhp D5 diesel engine, powering the front wheels. The rear wheels are driven using a 70bhp electric rear axle, supplied by a lithium-ion battery under the boot floor. Fully charged, it’ll cover around 30 miles without burning a drop of diesel, and it can provide four-wheel drive traction when needed.

Combine the two, and the V60 changes character completely. The drivetrain produces 285bhp, propelling the two-tonne estate car 60mph in 5.8 seconds. But it’s a typical fast Volvo, effortlessly reaching high speeds rather than pinning occupants to their seats.

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