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2012 NAIAS: Volvo XC60 Plug-In Hybrid

January 10th, 2012

2013 Volvo XC60 Plug-In Hybrid

      Sweden’s lone surviving auto brand chose to highlight a new plug-in hybrid concept vehicle called the XC60 Plug-in-Hybrid. While the vehicle looks like a conventional XC60, the SUV utilizes a 280 hp turbo four with an electric motor. The XC60 has three drive modes. One mode runs exclusively off of electric power, the next is a fuel saving hybrid mode, and the last is a performance hybrid mode with a combined 350 hp.
      Volvo claims a 600 mile range when the efficiency mode is engaged and anticipates an ambitious 35 miles in electric-only mode. Understanding that many customers have been scared from electrified propulsion due to media-induced hysteria, Volvo went to great pains to explain the safety precautions engineered into their plug-in-hybrid systems. There are currently no plans to produce the XC60 Plug-in-hybrid, though Volvo officials were eager to point out that they covet consumers’ feedback on the concept.

Photos by Jason Muxlow

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