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It won't happen until 2013 or 2014, but Volvo President and CEO Stefan Jacoby today confirmed that the V60 PHEV will be coming to America. Speaking at a seminar in Washington, D.C., Jacoby said that, while the V60 plug-in hybrid is first being prepared for the European market – Jacoby called the 50-kilometer (32-mile) all-electric range and diesel range extender "tailor made" for Europeans – and will then be adapted for American tastes. We don't know all the details, but the big one is that the oil-burning mill will be swapped for a gasoline engine. This should make the V60 PHEV cheaper and more appealing for in the States. For more on the car, which will start limited production in November 2012, read this detailed post.

That the V60 plug-in hybrid will come to the U.S. isn't a total surprise, but it's nice to know for sure. Jacoby has hinted at this before and, when we got to drive the V60 last month, Volvo's Karl-Johan Ekman said that the V60 PHEV would bow in Europe, but that other markets could follow. If you were in the U.S. and had your fingers crossed that this meant you, good job.


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      Cory Stansbury
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty sure the engine powers the front wheels directly and the electric part drives the rear wheels.
      ICantDrive88
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't give a poo about the hybrid part, but we're getting the V60 here?!?! Awesome!
      BrainDead184
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this an entirely electric drivetrain with the fossil fuel engine recharging the battery (like the volt) or does the engine directly power the wheels?
        Josh Cooper
        • 4 Years Ago
        @BrainDead184
        No its just as Cory said above. It sounds as if it will be as good or better then the Chevy Volt and be cheaper to build. I just wish Americans weren't so afraid of diesel cause then it would be 50% or so better economy or more. Oh and one other thing it can be used as all wheel drive if needed. Volt cant do that...
          Spec
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Josh Cooper
          A Volvo cheaper than a Chevy? Yeah . . . good luck with that.
          Cory Stansbury
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Josh Cooper
          Only thing with Diesel is that the necessary emissions stuff (plus the general extra cost of any heavy structure, direct injection, turbo intercooled motor) plus hybrid equipment, plus large-ish battery makes this a very expensive concept. I think a proper atkinson cycle gasoline motor (as is used in most hybrids) comes shockingly close to Diesels as far as BSFC.
      Tomas Williams
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh boooo! Bring the Diesel Hybrid! At least to Canada! I would get a diesel hybrid, it makes more sense, but not a petrol hybrid, that's counter-intuitive.