Monday, November 19, 2012

Volvo launches plug-in diesel

  Volvo Car Corporation is starting up  production of  what it describes as the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid, the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, which can run for long periods on batteries or utilize the on board diesel engine for power. After the initial batch of 1,000 model year 2013 cars, production will increase to
4,000-6,000 cars as of model year 2014.
   The assembly of the  diesel plug-in hybrid has been successfully integrated on the same line as the company's other models at the Torslanda plant in Gothenburg.

    This is a remarkable achievement considering that the sophisticated plug-in hybrid technology includes two complete drive trains and a powerful battery that provides a range of up to 50 kilometres on pure electric power.
    "We are first in the industry to integrate a plug-in hybrid in an established
production flow together with other car models," says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo Car Corporation. "The integration in the standard production flow gives the plug-in hybrid buyer the possibility to choose in principle all options available for the standard V60." By Joseph Szczesny


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