Published on April 15th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown2
Volvo V60 Hybrid Sold Out In Europe
Volvo kept citing a lack of demand, but they finally decided to release the V60 plug-in hybrid, and it ended up as one of three nominees for the 2013 Green Car of the Year, which the Tesla Model S won. But even being nominated is a worthy accomplishment.
The 2013 Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid is sold in Europe for $74,000. It can travel 31 miles per charge using only electricity. It is equipped with a 212 HP, 2.4 litre diesel engine, which is assisted by a 69 HP electric motor. The diesel engine turns the front wheels, and the electric motor turns the rear wheels. It can accelerate from zerto to sixty MPH (0 to almost 100 km/h) in 5.8 seconds.
The Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid has a top speed of 143 MPH, while the top speed in electric mode is 78 MPH .The battery pack is 11.2 kWh, but only 8 kWh is used; this practice extends the lifespan of lithium-ion batteries. While it has a curb weight of over 4,400 pounds, the Volvo V60 still achieves a fuel efficiency rating of 130 MPG (1.8 liters per 100 kilometers) on the European NEDC test cycle.