Scandinavian automobile manufacturer Volvo has revealed the plug-in hybrid version of their trendy sedan, the S60L, at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. This car will be produced locally at the Chengdu facility and will be on sale in China come early 2015.
In a regular hybrid vehicle, the electric motor is present solely to assist the internal combustion engine, which also recharges it. In a plug–in hybrid vehicle, the electric motor takes prime importance and the internal combustion engine only helps to extend the range. Also, these cars have to be plugged in to an electrical mains socket to recharge, hence the name.
This new Volvo S60L will have an efficient Drive-E turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 238 hp, connected to a 68 hp electric motor and the plug-in hybrid system. This vehicle is equipped with the same electrification technology that we saw in the V60 Plug-in Hybrid, a car that saw resounding success in the European automotive markets.
Peter Mertens, the Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Volvo Cars commented, “This is our most technologically advanced powertrain ever. It brings us closer to our vision to offer zero-emission motoring in the future.”