The latest episode of Robert Llewellyn's plug-in-centric show Fully Charged has hit the Internet and this time 'round Llewellyn takes the diesel plug in-hybrid Volvo V60 for a spin.

The Europe-only V60 plug-in packs two distinct drivetrains that can operate separately or in tandem. Up front is a 2.4-liter five-cylinder turbodiesel with 215 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. Out back, a 70-horsepower electric motor with a 12-kWh lithium-ion battery pack spins the rear axle. At the touch of a button, the V60 can operate in Pure mode with a 32-mile electric-only range; in Hybrid mode emitting less than 50 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer with a 746-mile range; or in Power mode as a torquey machine with 472 lb-ft of twist. Unlike most plug-ins, this diesel-electric wagon is downright quick, with a 6.9-second sprint to 62 miles per hour.

So, what's the plug-in Volvo V60 like to drive? With nine-plus minutes of pure plug-in hybrid vehicle joy awaiting you after the jump, we'll stop beating around the bush and let Llewellyn take you on a wagon ride. We'll just admit that we're jealous.


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      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Evil Right Wing Extremist here... But...but...you have to plug it in! Divorce rates soar! (we think Cavuto is silly on that too)
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        I get that all the time. "But you have to plug it in?" But you GET to plug it in. It has the luxury of plugging in so no smelly gas hands. Here in Oregon we don't pump our own gas but occasionally I get some gas for my work van in Washington, their you have to get petrol smelly hands. Amazingly our gas is still cheaper than Washington's. Kind of like the insurance corps getting laws past for seat belts and helmets on motorcycles, as well as mandatory liability insurance, it is suppose to make insurance rates cheaper. Some how it just made profits bigger for the corps, the individual sees little benefit but our benevolent congress people just keep passing the laws lobbied for by those who finance their elections. Health insurance is the same. Try to change it and the money just pours in from the insurance corps to buy congress and they spread FUD all over the place. Death panels. LOL.
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        This just opens a new market for a new product with a new slogan: "Save your marriage with 90%+ efficient Wireless Charging!" There are a couple of companies out there with 90%+ efficient wireless charging solutions that are under development.
      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im interrested to buy but i fear the price so i might pass my turn, sorry.
      Ele Truk
      • 3 Years Ago
      People seem to forget that gas is really nasty stuff full of KNOWN carcinogens (of course people still smoke too), yet think nothing of breathing the fumes or getting it on their hands and clothes.
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      The PRC automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, certainly picked up a bargain from Ford when the Swedish Government refused a loan to Volvo AB, to re-purchase their car division. The sale saved Ford, but cost them all that technical investment. Great car, but the price will be interesting.
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its disappointing that the deisel engine comes on right away when you start the car. If you have electric capacity then it should wait until the battery is depleted before starting the engine. That is one of the things that bugs me about my 2nd gen prius is that the gas engine comes on soon after you start the car regardless of whether the battery has charge or if the engine is already warmed up or if you are actually depressing the throttle. Sometimes I just want to move the car into the garage or out to the street and starting the engine is totally unnecessary.
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        If you get your Prius equipped with an "EV" button, pushing that button during startup means the engine won't start immediately - but you'll be limited in range and speed. Go too far or too fast, and it drops out of EV mode and starts the engine. The EV mode is ideal for very short trips like moving the car in or out of the garage. The Plug-in Prius automatically starts in EV mode if there is sufficient charge, and can go much further before dropping back into standard hybrid mode and starting the engine.
        BipDBo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        I have now watched video, and it was very hard to tell if this was indeed the case. There was a "Pure" EV mode, but the engine strated when the key was inserted. When asked if this always happens, the Volve rep said something bout it being dependant on temperature. They also talked about "zero emission" and traveling in lanes reserved for EVs implying that you can indeed drive without starting the diesel. Also, even though there is a claim that it can tarvel 40-50 km on electricity alone, this is not the Volt, where all of the power (except at high speed) is provided by the motors. With only 70 electric hp on tap, it can only limp around in EV mode. If it was engineered to travel around without the diesel engine on at all, and you suddenly stepped on the gas desiring full throttle, you would see a delay in the starting of the engine. Diesels don't typically do well if you start them and immediately slam on the gas. It seems to me that a12 kw*hr battery could produce the watts for much more than 70 hp. If they put 120 hp to the ground with motors in the back, with maybe a smaller displacement, 165 hp diesel in the front, they would have thesame available power, but perhaps a more pure EV mode and a more efficient diesel cruising mode. It seems like hybrids, in general are slowly evolving in this way to use more electric motor power and less engine power.
        BipDBo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        I didn't watch the video, so maybe they explain why there. Nor do I know exacty how the 2nd gen Prius works. I'd bet that the electric drive is totally separate, electrically, from all of the other functions of the car. The engine is probably still needed to run power steering, A/C, alternator which probably serves a standard, separate 12V battery for lights, starter, etc. There's a lot of money in redesigning all of those components, which is one of the reasons that the Volt is so expensive.
          Chris M
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BipDBo
          All versions of the Prius uses electric power steering, and none of them have a separate alternator, they use the hybrid motor/generators to produce power. They run power from the high voltage battery through a DC/DC converter to produce 12 volt power for the 12 volt battery and accessories. As for A/C, the 1997 to 2003 models were engine powered, but 2004 and later versions use electric A/C.
          paulwesterberg
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BipDBo
          I have been told that the prius starts its engine to warm up the catalytic converter. But that seems like a weak argument to me since it can easily be "warmed" when it is needed. In the video they say that the engine starts in order to provide engine oil pressure and to "prepare" the deisel engine despite the fact that the car can travel 40-50k on electric power alone. An equally banal explanation that Robert swallows like a champ.
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        sounds like a business opportunity for aftermarket modders.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, this vehicle is probably prohibitively expensive.
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Volvo is a premium brand. It doesn't compete with a Scion or a Kia. Brand new Volvo buyers generally are not "Price Point" buyers. Volvo new car buyers already are willing to pay a premium price for a premium product. It is true that it won't sell to folks who couldn't afford to buy a Volvo brand new anyways, but that isn't the point. Most folks can't afford to buy a new car of any brand, so they buy used. If you like it, but can't afford it, do what most folks do already. Wait until it is available used in the used market.
      HVH20
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad to see someone finally made a "through the road" plug-in hybrid and got rid of the over complicated synergy drive, integrated motor assist, and 2-mode transmissions. When can I get one in the states?
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @HVH20
        A "through the road" hybrid is more complicated than a "Synergy Drive" or IMA or "2 mode" hybrid. The "through the road" design required a separate transmission and differential for the IC engine and a gearbox and differential for the electric motor, but the Synergy Drive and IMA and 2 mode incorporate the electric motors into the IC engine transmission thus needing only 1 differential. Even better, the Synergy Drive uses an extremely simple transmission with just one planetary gearset, much simpler than any other type of transmission. Also, the Synergy drive, IMA and 2 mode uses the hybrid motor for IC engine starting. but a "through the road" system has a separate starter motor. Using the hybrid motor to start the IC engine in a "through the road" design would produce uncomfortably jerking starts, particularly at high speeds, and would increase the risk of skiding, that would not be acceptable.
      Naturenut99
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring it to the US! The first PHEV/EV with AWD (or pseudo AWD) .
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