• Jan 9th 2012 at 6:04PM
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Volvo has made it a point to emphasize – surprise – the safety of its plug-in vehicles at recent auto shows. Today at the Detroit Auto Show, the Swedish automaker showed off the XC60 Plug-In Gasoline Hybrid Concept, a way to gauge American reaction to the idea of a plug-in CUV from Volvo. Why? Because this concept is headed to the U.S. and Chinese markets – in a different guise and with a lot of changes – "a couple of years." That means something like 2014-2015. Volvo's first PHEV here could be an XC60 model, or perhaps an S60, said Volvo CEO and President Stefan Jacoby. For now, Jacoby told AutoblogGreen, the XC60 shows the direction Volvo is going.

stefan jacobyHere are the numbers: a 35-mile all-electric range, a recharging time of just 3.5 hours from a 220V outlet (7.5 hours from a more common 110V). Volvo estimates U.S. fuel economy of 105 MPGe and 50 mpg when the battery runs dry. 0-60 is reached in 5.8 seconds on the way to a 130 mph top speed. Oh, and eight gears in an auto transmission.

Petroleum is burned in a four-cylinder, 2-liter, turbocharged direct-injected gasoline engine that has stop-start technology. This 280-horsepower powerplant moves the front wheels, and a 70-hp electric motor propels the back wheels (this is known as a through-the-road hybrid). The XC60 PHEV has a 12-kWh lithium-ion battery, but just 66 percent of that (8 kWh) is used. The driver can select three modes – Pure, Hybrid and Power – depending on which type of fuel economy and performance is desired. Details of this technology can be found after the jump and images of the XC60 test bed are available in our galleries.
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World Class, World First Plug-in Hybrid Gasoline Technology Unveil for Volvo at NAIAS in Detroit

Volvo Car Corporation unveils the XC60 Plug-In Gasoline Hybrid Concept – the first to plug in to to traditional wall outlet without special adapter.

John Maloney, President of Volvo, US available live from the floor of the Detroit Auto Show to discuss the technology - Monday, January 9, 2012

Volvo is set to make history as it unveils a technology first in the auto space at Detroit's renowned motor show. The Volvo XC60 Gasoline Plug-in Hybrid Concept technology has been developed specifically for the US and China and the technology will hit US showrooms in a couple of years.

The XC60 is a pure electric car, a highly economical hybrid and a powerful high-performance car all rolled into one. Most importantly, this ground breaking combined technology means it is the first of its kind where the car can be plugged directly into a traditional wall outlet making it a viable option at home or on the move.

At the touch of a button, the driver decides how the available power from the combination of the high-performance gasoline engine and the electric motor is to be utilized. The XC60's three driving modes offers the owner a conventional model's interior space, safety, performance and long range. It gives the driver uncompromising flexibility to cover every type of motoring need. The driver chooses the driving mode via three buttons on the center stack.

Three cars in one - the buttons give the car three distinct temperaments: Pure, Hybrid or Power:

PURE MODE: the car is powered solely by its electric motor with a range of up to 35 miles. HYBRID MODE: The gasoline engine and electric motor cooperate to provide maximum driving pleasure with minimum environmental impact. POWER MODE: the technology is optimized to create maximum possible power. The gasoline engine with 280 hp and 380 Nm (280 lb.-ft.) is combined with the electric motor with 70 hp and 200 Nm (148 lb.-ft.). The electric motor's instant torque delivery contributes to the car's acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds (0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds).

The XC60 encompasses Volvo's core value safety without compromising on any of the luxury car's renowned properties. No other manufacturer has succeeded in delivering fuel economy and electrical range on this level in a capable, spacious performance car with 350 horsepower on tap. The technology features a state-of-the-art-four-cylinder engine from Volvo's upcoming Environmental Architecture engine family. The new platform, announced in September 2011 will see all Volvo cars featuring a four-cylinder engine offering the same high performance as today's six cylinder engines with lower fuel consumption.

The driver can also choose to save battery power for later in order to drive on pure electricity when they travel through an urban green zone or the heart of a city. Charging the battery pack can take a minimum of just 3.5 hours.

Volvo has combined the new technology and the human mind with the Volvo Sensus infotainment system in the XC60. The system keeps the driver constantly updated with best routes to take, low emission zones and charging stations – a few of its assets which aligns itself hand in hand with the intelligent technology.

Key Features to be discussed

· The state-of-the-art combustion technology and innovative electrification
· Key technology features
· Direction and growth of the Brand in the United States, American jobs
· How the XC60 Plug-in differs from other hybrid cars
· Performance and fuel efficiency
· The advantages of Volvo Environmental Architecture

VOLVO XC60 Gasoline Plug-in Hybrid Concept Car FACTS

Four-cylinder, 2.0-litre, turbocharged direct-injected gasoline engine with stop/start driving the front wheels
Max power 280 hp (206 kW) @ 5,700 rpm
Max torque 280 lb.-ft. (380 Nm) @ 1,800 - 4,500 rpm
Electric motor driving the rear wheels
Max power 70 hp (50 kW)
Max torque 148 lb.-ft. (200 Nm)
Integrated Starter/Generator
Additional max power 45 hp (34 kW)
Additional max torque 111 lb.-ft. (150 Nm)
Combined max power output 350 hp (256 kW)
Transmission AWF22 8-speed automatic gearbox
Fuel economy US* 105 mpg (miles per gallon equivalent), during 34 miles (PURE mode), 83 g/mile CO2
Combined fuel economy* 50 mpg, (HYBRID mode), 175 g/mile CO2
Electric range 35 miles* 45 km**
Fuel consumption EU** 2.3 litres/100 km (102 mpg), 53 g/km CO2
Acceleration 0-60 mph 5.8 sec
Acceleration 0–100 km/h 6.1 sec
Battery Lithium-ion battery
Battery capacity/output 12 kWh, of which 8 kWh is used to power the car
Charging time 3.5 h (220V/12A), 7.5 h (110V/12A)
Battery location Under luggage floor
Total range Up to 600 miles (960 km)
Top speed 130 mph (210 km/h)
Tank volume 14 US gal (53 litres)
Luggage capacity To waistline (ISO V211) 14.5 cu ft (410 litres)
To roof (ISO V215) 20.1 cu ft (570 litres)
Towing capacity 3,300 lbs (1,500 kg)
Tyres 265/40 R 21 Pirelli Scorpion Verde

All figures are preliminary.

* US certification driving cycle. Includes emissions from the production of the electric energy.
** European certification driving cycle NEDC.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Volvo have success as near to guaranteed as it can ever be. They will get preference in the largest auto market in the world, China. At the moment electrification in the Chinese vehicle fleet is not going well, but they have the capacity and the financial resources to move more swiftly than anyone else when they wake up properly to likely restrictions in oil, both in absolute volumes and in price. Those of us who see an oil crunch within the next five years can confidently expect the Chinese machine to switch to top gear in building EV factories, and the Chinese will not hesitate to enact any measures they deem necessary to enforce a switch to electric.
        Marco Polo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Dave Mart The PRC seems to have moved away from automotive, even EV to concentrate on public transport and bio-fuels. It's difficult to obtain conclusive information. but some Solar and Wind Budgets have been diverted to a giant push by the PLA to secure the PRC's energy security by massive bio-fuel investments. Vast areas of land in the PRC interior have been designated for Bio-fuel production. From a defence point of view bio-fuels make better sense that venerable power generation stations.
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Marco Polo
          18-19 million cars produced/sold in China last year show that any move to public transport is limited. Biofuels may have their points in the event of military conflict, but China can't run its car fleet on them anymore than the US can, and in fact is less capable, as 4 times the population puts much greater pressures on land and water resources.
      • 8 Months Ago
      "50 mpg when the battery runs dry" is impressive considering that the non-hybrid xc60 with the same engine (that does not carry the extra weight of the battery) gets 14 mpg in the city.
        • 8 Months Ago
        I like how even ABG still uses colloquial terms that originate from gasoline tanks, to describe a Lithium Ion battery. And my guess is that the vehicle will never actually allow the battery to be completely depleted. It will save the last few kwh or so to run in hybrid mode (with regen braking). Like the current prius... but yeah, 50 mpg is highly doubtful. I would say they could maybe get 40 (in the city). They know that, we know that... but fudging numbers this early in the game is permissible to attain proper 'support'.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 8 Months Ago
      • 8 Months Ago
      Why 2-3 years? By then the second gen Volt will be out. I will be looking for an EREV SUV/CUV to replace my wife's car in a few years - that and the Mitsubishi Outlander EREV will be options.
      • 8 Months Ago
      For people with rough and slippery roads like myself, a plug in xc60 would be a great option much better than anything else out there. My one wish would be for them to bring back the option for 2 extra rear facing seats like they used to have. I think a car like that (environmentally friendly, safe in ALL road conditions, with extra room for kids) would find quite a lot of people willing to pay the extra. Count me in. I can not tell you how long I have waited for an AWD with good gas milage in the USA.
      • 8 Months Ago
      It all sounds impressive, although I’m not a prime suspect for the luxury car market. How does 35 miles on 8 kWh compare to Volt, Leaf, Focus, etc.? And, to digress, wander, and meander, why does my Prius, whose battery can only put out 36 horsepower, have an 80 horsepower electric motor? Just wondering.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 8 Months Ago
        not sure but the prius powersplit has two motor/generators. one could produce extra power beyond the batteries
      Marco Polo
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is bitter competition for Ford. This technology was developed during Fords ownership of Volvo but the surrender of this advanced technology was an essential component in Ford selling Volvo to the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group of Hangzhou in the PRC. Geely Automotive (the name means 'auspicious' or 'Lucky') really lived up to it's name when it bought Volvo's advanced technology. Geely paid less than a third of the sum to Ford that Ford paid 10 years earlier to purchase Volvo. But to Ford, $1.9 Billion paid and release of $1 billion in debt, was a key ingredient to Ford's survival and avoidance of bankruptcy. Geely also bought a stake in the London Taxi Company ltd, hiring the Tanfield group (former owners of Smith EV) to continue research EV technology with a view to producing an EV version. London Taxi Company is the operating company, owned by Magnese Bronze Holdings Plc. This is the last remnant of once legendary UK engineering brands names like, Villiers Engineering, Norton, AJS, Matchless , BSA, Triumph and Norton-Villiers motorcycles. Carbodies, Mann & Overton etc. The famous 'Black Cab' was designed by Austin of England, (once one of the largest car makers in the world) which in turn is now is now a dormant name owned by Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (Group). The role of PRC and ROC capital and Auto-makers will become an increasingly important factor in the Auto manufacture Industry. The US should seriously consider the fate of the UK car industry, when considering attitudes and government policies to the US car industry.
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Marco Polo
        Thanks, as always, for the education. Seeing these great Volvo's must be a bitter pill for Ford... You know, (off the cuff remark here) it would be nice if the ABG authors research their stuff as much as you and PR do.
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