Volvo XC60 2012 concept car to debut plug-in hybrid technology

Volvo XC60 concept car to debut plug-in hybrid technology at the Detroit auto show. XC60 hybrid concept car has a range up to 600 miles with hybrid power and about 35 miles with power an electric motor. The combination of fuel economy over 50 mpg.

Hybrid crossover has a 280 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and 70 horsepower electric motor. Volvo said the gasoline hybrid technology will be used in model that will be sold in the United States and China but did not say when.

“Too early to say the first model of what would be the solution of this feature,” says Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby said in a statement. So that the technology will be incorporated into existing models.

In the Volvo XC60, the electric motor is located on the rear axle and powered by a lithium ion battery pack located under the floor. Volvo said charging battery takes 3.5 hours with a voltage of 220 volts or 7.5 hours using a voltage of 110 volts. The concept of electric power using an eight-speed automatic transmission.

“In the Volvo XC60 Concept Plug-in Hybrid, we demonstrate that the four-cylinder Volvo engine offers high performance and at the same time, fuel consumption will be lower than a four-cylinder engine at this time.” Senior Vice President of Volvo’s r & d Peter Mertens.