2012 Volvo V60 PHEV
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A few weeks ago we were invited to the Challenge Bibendum - an auto-industry event devoted to fuel economy and green vehicles - in order to drive the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Station Wagon.
We’ve already shared our own first drive report with you, but now it’s time to share our video review of the same test-drive.
The car we drove was only a prototype of the V60 PHEV, but the final version of the V60 PHEV promises an all-electric range of around 30 miles, an extended range of up to 745 miles and a fuel economy as good as 124 miles per gallon from its combined diesel engine and electric motor.
In addition, Volvo promises the V60 PHEV has been designed to tow up to 2 tons and carry five adults and their luggage - something no other plug-in vehicle can officially accomplish at present.
Sadly, the V60 PHEV won’t be heading to the U.S. in its current form, since Volvo feels the U.S. market is not ready for a diesel plug-in hybrid yet.
However, we’ve been told that Volvo plans to use the V60 PHEV as a test-platform to help it develop more plug-in hybrids, some of which may be destined for the U.S. market, making the V60 PHEV an important demonstration vehicle for what we might expect in future years.