Nov 10, 2011
Clay Ritchings

2012 Volvo Plug-in Hybrid Diesel Not Making it to U.S Soil

We are not worthy—unfortunately, the news from Volvo isn’t good for the U.S. It seems Executives at Volvo don’t think the U.S is ready for a plug-in diesel hybrid. Therefore we will get a gasoline-electric hybrid, but everyone else will receive the diesel-electric hybrid.

Volvo confirmed that the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will go on sale during 2012. The Hybrid made its debut earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show.

The V60 diesel-electric hybrid is powered by a 2.4-liter D5 turbo-diesel engine (w/ six-speed automatic transmission) that outputs 160kW of power and 440Nm of torque, and an Electric Rear Axle Drive system at the rear that produces an additional 52kW of power.

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be available in the European market during the early part of 2012, with a rollout to other regions including the United States before the calendar flips to 2013.

Volvo has acknowledge that the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be more expensive than the standard V60 wagon, but notes its running cost are significantly lower (about one-third of its gas-powered counterpart).

The U.S isn’t ready for a diesel plug-in hybrid because of the expense of buying one. Once it is tested in the European and cost come down, I believe the U.S will see it on the market.

1 Comment

  • I hope they eventually decide to send over the diesel hybrid soon when they see that we are ready for one.

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