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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Arrives at Detroit

Motor launches this year will be very numerous, and among the dozens of cars on the market the plug-in hybrids seem to be the most innovative. The obvious advantage which they bring, unlike a traditional hybrid, is given by the greater autonomy, offered by larger capacity batteries that can be recharged when the car is stationary, with a outlet plug in.
After they marked a premiere in the range, by presenting the concept version of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid, equipped with a tandem consisted of an electric engine and a 2.4 liter diesel engine, Volvo uses the same technology, adapted this time on the XC60 SUV.

Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept will make its triumphant entry at Detroit Motor Show 2012, and if it will go into production, it will not be addressed to European customers, as does the V60, but will target the Americans and the Chinese. Another difference is given by the solution chosen for the heat engine, it will be powered by gasoline.

Thus, under the hood of XC60 Plug-in Hybrid will be a 2.0 turbo engine, which is part of the future family of Volvo Environmental Architecture engines. The gasoline engine will engage 350 hp to the front wheels, while the rear will handle by a 70 hp electric motor, whose power is supplied by a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 12 kWh.

The Total power that the Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid reaches is 350 hp, which is addressed through three driving modes, as in the case of hybrid based on the V60. Thus, the Pure energy method, guarantees autonomy for 45 km, while Hybrid mode ensures an autonomy of 960 km. And an average consumption of only 2.3 l / 100 km.

Power is the setting that allows you to use the machine at full capacity, the electric motor is not, however removed. Settings are optimized for firm behavior, reaching 380 Nm torque, and starting from 0 to 100 km / h is accomplished in 5.8 seconds, a value typical sports segment.

Charging to a 220 V outlet only takes 3.5 hours, but for a complete cycle is recommended to use a 110 V outlet, in which case the range increases to 7.5 hours. Transmission with eight reports allow even an AWD, but the duration depends on the battery reserves. Volvo officials say, is just a matter of time before the new model will arrive in Americans showrooms.

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