Power, Hybrid, Pure
Like the V60 Plug-in Hybrid, the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept features the same tri-mode power selection, allowing the driver to chose which power source to use at any one time.
In Pure mode, the car operates as an electric-only vehicle, capable of reaching highway speeds without powering up the gasoline engine. Primarily driven via the rear wheel drive electric motor, a small, 7 kilowatt motor married to the output side of the car’s dual clutch, 8-speed automatic transmission provides traction to the front wheels when needed for electric-only all-wheel drive.
Switch to Hybrid mode, and the car automatically chooses whichever system is best at any given point, using a blend of both gasoline and electric power to achieve the best possible mixed-mode fuel economy.
Switch to Power, and both electric and gasoline systems operate in tandem at all times to provide the highest possible power and torque.
Just A Concept
Volvo is keen to point out that its latest plug-in hybrid concept doesn’t necessarily mean it intends to produce a large-scale production vehicle run of XC60 Plug-in Hybrids.
Instead, Volvo executives have said that the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid will be used as a test vehicle to help it plan a future production gasoline plug-in hybrid for the U.S. and Chinese markets.
Then again, given the amount of enthusiasm we’ve seen surrounding the V60 Plug-in Hybrid, we think it’s only a matter of time -- perhaps even as early as 2013 -- before we see a production-ready plug-in hybrid from Volvo enter the U.S. market.
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