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First official Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid test drive to take place in Berlin at Challenge Bibendum

Three Volvo car models will be taking part in the 11th Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin (18-22 May 2011), the theme of which is Clean-Safe-Connected: the Volvo V60 Plug-in hybrid (earlier post); the Volvo C30 Electric; and the Volvo V50 DRIVe. The V60 Plug-in Hybrid, which will be available on the market in 2012, is the result of close cooperation between Volvo Cars and Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall.

The first official road test drive with the Volvo V60 Plug-in hybrid will take place during the event. The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid offers a driver-selected choice of driving modes via three buttons on the instrument panel: Pure, Hybrid and Power.

  • In Pure mode the car runs only on its electric motor as much as possible. The driving range is up to 50 km (31 miles).
  • In the default Hybrid mode the diesel engine and electric motor interact to provide a balance between driving pleasure and low environmental impact. Emissions of CO2 (NEDC) are 49 g/km, corresponding to diesel fuel consumption of 1.9 l/100 km (124 mpg US)). The car’s total range is up to 1200 km (746 miles).
  • In Power mode the technology is optimized to give the car the best possible performance. The diesel engine and electric motor have a combined power output 215 + 70 horsepower and maximum torque of 440 + 200 N·m.

The car’s front wheels are driven by a five-cylinder 2.4-liter turbodiesel producing 215 hp/440 N·m. The rear axle has a 70 hp electric motor, which receives power from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.



The car’s front wheels are driven by a five-cylinder 2.4-liter turbodiesel producing 215 hp/440 N·m. The rear axle has a 70 hp electric motor, which receives power from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

This seems like a good combination, if they can bring it in at a good price, then it might sell. Now that the Chinese own Volvo maybe they can make cars like this cost competitive.


An impressive vehicle. Is all that torque (640 N.m) really required to drive 4 or 5 people around? Who needs 300+ hp in a mid-size car?

With a much smaller, lighter, more efficient ICE (half as powerful?), the fuel consumption could be lowered another 15% to 20% or so.


Mercedes E Class all have that much horsepower and sell well, but rather than get 15 mpg they get 30+ mpg and perform just as well, then OK.

Not everyone wants an econobox and pretend that they are the responsible ones. A new Corvette has 400 hp and gets 26 mpg on the highway. It is a curve, I can get 10% better mileage, but I am wedged into the car, it is noisy, does not ride comfortably, but I am being responsible.


I guess that we have been brain washed to believe that we kneed 5000 lbs, 400 hp monsters to move/drive around. That may be one of the reason why we have so many (40+%) obese drivers/passengers, to fill the space.

Obese vehicles and driver/passenger should not be one of our goal. Dinosaurs have come and gone. If we continue to glorify bigness we may see many 500+ lbs drivers and 5-ton cars around by 2050. Will we be better off?


Not everyone wants to wear the hair shirt of appearing to be more responsible than others, that is just of form of eco ego. Lots of people are willing to give up a few miles per gallon for power to accelerate on the freeway or pass a truck safely.


Big is beautiful and bigger is better?


Having the right car that optimizes ALL factors is the logical way to go. If a small underpowered car gets 2 mpg more mileage but is horrible to own and drive, does that make any sense?

Buyers do not think so and history shows this. People who lecture, nag and whine about how everyone should see everything their way just make themselves look foolish. It is a form of inflated ego, "I know what is best and everyone should be like me". How ridiculous.

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