First deliveries of the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid the Volvo V60 will commence in early 2013. After the initial batch of 1,000 model year 2013 cars, Volvo say production will increase to 4,000-6,000 from model year 2014.
Production of the diesel plug-in hybrid has been successfully integrated on the same production line as the regular powered V60, V70, XC70, S80 and XC90 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 32 miles on pure electric power. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo Car Corporation said "we are first in the industry to integrate a plug-in hybrid in an established production flow together with other car models. 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."
The production version of the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be launched in just one colour; Electric Silver. The car is also distinguished by aero-designed 17-inch wheels, integrated exhaust tailpipes and a number of bodywork features in glossy black, such as the grille and the aerodynamic front spoiler. The chromed "Plug-in Hybrid" emblem is found both on the lower part of the tailgate and in a smaller version on the front wings.
The Volvo V60 Plug-In is special because of its rechargeable nature; it is the first car to combine a diesel engine with the function to top up the battery for increased electric range. The only plug-in hybrid to beat it to the market is the petrol-driven Toyota Prius Plug-In. A new survey run by TheGreenCar Website.co.uk has voted the Volvo V60 Plug-In Diesel Hybrid the UK’s most highly anticipated new green car for 2012.
The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the synthesis of close cooperation between Volvo Car Corporation and Swedish electricity supplier Vattenfall. The two companies have financed the development project jointly. Peter Mertens said "the V60 Plug-in Hybrid is a unique car, a historic step, not only for Volvo Car Corporation but for the entire car industry. The first year's 1,000-car batch has sold out even before the car has reached the showrooms and the order books for next year's cars are already filling up.”