The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the first technically sophisticated hybrid diesel plug-in model. With the start stop engine button, you can choose which of the three mode you want to drive at any given time. Volvo Car Corporation is on the verge of introducing the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid – a rechargeable diesel hybrid car that is the company’s most sophisticated model. Production took place in November 2012 and the volume of the first year model was limited to 1,000 cars.
The interior of the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is a black leather seat with contrast stitching and blue-gray wood lining. In addition, leather steering wheel, specially designed base, and gear lever knob with integrated indicators.
Electrically adjustable driver’s seat section, front and rear parking sensors, Bluetooth telephone link and Volvo on Call. For multmedia systems there is a High Performance Multimedia DVD audio system with a 4×40 W amplifier, eight speakers and a seven inch screen.
The V60 Plug-in Hybrid comes complete with a fully digital Driver Information Monitor (DIM). Conventional analog gauges have been replaced by one-piece LED screens that offer a large number of display options. The driver can choose which information will be displayed via the car menu settings. It is also possible to communicate with the car through the mobile application. This gives the owner access to a number of smart functions such as air conditioning, pre-cooling and after-cooling, and a reminder to connect the charging cable if this has not been done at the specified time.
For power sources using the D6 engine, a combination of a five-cylinder turbodiesel and an electric motor place the car strongly in the same horsepower range as the gasoline-powered T6. The front wheel of the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is powered by a 2.4 liter turbodiesel cylinder that produces 215 hp and maximum torque is 440 Nm. This car has a six-speed automatic transmission. The rear axle is powered by an electric motor that produces 70 horsepower. The source of electric motor power comes from an 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery which is installed under the load compartment floor.
The sophisticated and very compact battery pack consists of 10 modules each containing 20 cells. The integrated computer monitors the system and compares the temperature and charge level in each of 200 cells. The battery package also has an integrated water cooling system that is driven by the car climate unit.
The V60 Plug-in Hybrid is spoiled by being able to choose the required driving mode via three buttons that give the car three completely different temperaments: Pure, Hybrid or Power. In Pure mode the car is only supported by as many electric motors as possible. If the battery has been recharged with electricity from a renewable source, the range is up to 50 kilometers and the carbon dioxide emissions are zero. The electric range varies with terrain, climate and driving style. Hybrids are the default setting every time the car is started. Diesel engines and electric motors work together to ensure an optimal balance between driving pleasure and environmental footprint. CO2 emissions (NEDC, mixed driving cycle for certification) are 49g / km, corresponding to diesel consumption of 1.9l / 100 km. This car has a total range of up to 1,000 km. In Power mode, technology is optimized to give the car as much power as possible. The diesel engine and electric motor have a total power output of 215 + 70 horsepower and a maximum torque of 440 + 200Nm. Lightning fast torque delivery of electric motors contribute to the acceleration of the car from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.2 seconds.
Drivers can choose to save battery power so they can use pure electricity later, for example in the urban green zone or in the heart of the city. When Save is activated, the on-board system ensures that there is always enough charge to drive later in Pure mode. If necessary, a high voltage generator will charge the battery so that there is sufficient capacity to drive in Pure mode. The aim is that Economy mode must ensure that there is enough battery power for about 20 kilometers of electricity.
The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid can be refilled from an ordinary (230V / 6A, 10A or 16A) outlet at home or in a parking lot. The charging time varies with the electric current. A full charge with 10A takes 4.5 hours. This is cut to 3.5 hours with 16A, while the cost of 6A takes 7.5 hours. It is also possible when refilling a car to heat up or cool the passenger compartment to give your trip a more comfortable start. This also means more battery power is used to actually drive the car. The pre-cooler function can also cool the battery. The ideal operating temperature for a battery pack is 20-30 ° C. This means cooling before driving is very important to maximize battery charging and range.
The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid has two heating systems. In electric mode the car uses a PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) air heater. The car also has a diesel powered heater.
Pressing the AWD button activates the electric four-wheel drive. Mechanical power transfer from conventional four-wheel drive, the central control unit distributes power between the diesel-driven front wheel and the electrically driven rear axle. The electric four-wheel drive system has been designed to provide better grip when starting and when driving on slippery roads, for example in snow or mud. However, due to lower motor power, torque to the rear wheels is limited and active four-wheel drive up to 120 km / hour. When the four-wheel drive is activated, the diesel engine operates continuously and the generator ensures that the charge level in the battery is sufficient to supply the rear axle with the required power. Because electric four-wheel drive is only activated by the driver when necessary, it is more economical than conventional permanent four-wheel drive.
Two-stage braking system
The two-stage braking system is another smart feature of the Volvo Plug-in Hybrid. When the driver presses on the brake pedal, the system starts to brake the rear axle electric motor. This braking energy is then used to recharge the car battery.
Mechanical brakes are activated only when the situation requires more braking power than the rear axle can provide.
From an environmental point of view, plug-in hybrids are truly superior to the first generation hybrid cars, which in principle reduce carbon dioxide emissions around 15 percent compared to the same model without hybrid power.
In hybrid mode, the large rechargeable battery pack on the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid produces 65 percent lower carbon dioxide emissions than a conventional V60 with the same diesel engine: 49 g / km. This corresponds to the fuel consumption of only 1.9 liters / 100 km.
What’s more, at the touch of a button the driver can choose to cover up to 50 kilometers on pure electric power – or utilize the combined capacity of a diesel engine and electric motor to create a driving engine that truly offers 215 + 70 horsepower and 440 + 200 Nm of torque .
A study of daily driving shows that most European drivers travel less than 50 kilometers a day, for example to and from work. On longer trips, diesel engines give cars the same range as conventional hybrids – but with much lower carbon dioxide emissions.
Gallery of 2013 Volvo V60 Plug-in diesel Hybrid
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