First Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid test drives happening in Berlin next week

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Revealed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is set to hit the streets of Berlin on May 18th as part the 11th Michelin Challenge Bibendum. The V60 plug-in won't actualy be launched until sometime in 2012, but from May 18-22, the vehicle will be available for its first official road tests.

The plug-in V60 offers a driver-selected choice of operating modes via three buttons located on the instrument panel: pure, hybrid and power. Volvo says that in pure mode, the vehicle operates only using its electric motor, if possible. In hybrid mode, both the diesel engine and electric motor interact to provide a balance between efficiency and performance. Finally, in power mode, the vehicle's technology is optimized for acceleration. The V60 plug-in features a 2.4-liter turbodiesel engine, a 70-horsepower electric motor and a 12-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Click here for more details on the V60 Plug-in Hybrid.

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