posted 3 years ago

New Volvo V60 Hybrid

Fuel Efficient car of 2013

The new Volvo V60 hybrid could be the most fuel efficient car launched this year. In fact the electric motor combined with a diesel engine is a world first and is capable of an impressive 155.2mpg.

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the synthesis of close cooperation between Volvo Car Corporation and Swedish electricity supplier Vattenfall. The two companies have financed the development project jointly. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo Car Corporation said "the V60 Plug-in Hybrid is a unique car, a historic step, not only for Volvo Car Corporation but for the entire car industry.” The clever hybrid drivetrain is controllable via three buttons on the central console. You can opt for full electric mode, hybrid mode or a "power" mode. Driving the Volvo V60 in purely electric mode gives you around a thirty-mile range in city driving after a full charge, and it is incredibly quiet. The hybrid mode delivers the most in terms of economy both diesel and the electric motor work in symbosis, achieving a whopping 155.2 mpg. It has minimal emissions of 48 grams of CO2 per km. Also in ”Hybrid” mode you can enjoy your journey without any unnecessary stops and interruptions. To charge the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid takes around 7.5 hours on a 6A socket.

The Power mode makes the diesel and electric motor join forces giving you power when you need it . It delivers up to 280 horsepower, also achieving 0-62 mph in just 6.1 seconds.

This car is priced from £48,775, the government offers a £5000 plug-in allowance which brings it down to approximately £43,775 but there is no road tax to pay and it is congestion charge exempt plus there is all the money saved on fuel. The interior of the car is extremely luxurious and most definitely on par with executive cars in the same price bracket. The satnav screen displays power flow and battery information while you drive and the central dials change colour depending on what driving mode you are in. If you like music for every moment in your car, then the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid has you covered with Spotify. This system allows you to be able to stream music with a 3G/4G dongle or via your mobile phone connection through the dashboard. You will also be able to play any Spotify track you want by just saying its name.

Safety is also of the highest standard, the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid has scored the highest score ever in the Euro NCAP for an electric car and everything from automatic braking to pedestrian recognition can be optioned on to the car.

This electric car fad is just another con by the government in order to show the crackpots in the EC that something is being done to save the world. While we must respect the reasons of people wanting to drive an electric car whether they are just misguided greens or have the view that an electric car is cheaper to run, of course when all the costs are broken down it’s obvious that it’s not. The government has promised to subsidize with public money first time buyers of electric cars, with a replacement battery said to cost in excess of £2000 it looks like the first replacement battery will be funded by the taxpayers of this country, therefore energy buyers and tax payers of this country will be subsidising all the electric car drivers. Electricity made from coal and gas or nuclear energy and each method however you look at it its a dirty process to produce electricity, especially when you take into consideration the decommissioning of any end of life power station particularly a nuclear one. If all the people of this country turned to electric powered cars the extra load required on the power stations will without a doubt necessitate more power stations to be built, and they would as a necessity have to be nuclear, and when the inevitable cost which will be passed onto our children for decommissioning the end of life power stations is taken into consideration the cost of charging up electric cars in real terms, will be prohibitive. As this country has over the period of the last government relinquished the technology of nuclear power the new power stations to be built in this country will be built by the French who will also take the profits. Our little country can’t save the world, and we would be better off improving the oil, gas, and Hydrogen Alcohol Ethanol and technology that we already have.

I used to work for Skoda, and this car does sound impressive. It may be my next purchase, currently got 'a quater' sat in the bank even though I just bought two houses and don't have to work anymore, but enough about me. Sweet car!

where's dram land?

If you live in a country that generates a high proportion of its electricity through hydro like Sweden or Scotland, the environmental benefit of this hybrid could be real. Some would make the same claims for French nuclear electricity generation. You're right that the environmental benefit in the UK would be far less. This Volvo is very expensive but I suppose its outstanding mechanical refinement gives a travel experience comparable to that of other cars of similar price.

Couldn't agree more Graham M. I always thought hydrogen cars were the future...

48 grams of CO2 per km, OH REALLY? What about the CO2 produced when generating the electricity to charge it? These hybrids are a joke, if you believe the 48 grams CO2 is all that is produced per KM your living in dram land. When are these manufacturers going to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? At present, all they tell you is what they want you to know, just like governments do too.