Volvo reveals 59g/km XC90 plug-in hybrid
10 December 2014
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Volvo has launched a new 59g/km plug-in hybrid version of its XC90, which is on sale now.
First deliveries are expected during the middle of next year. Prices have not been announced.
The T8 is powered by a modified version of the firm's four-cylinder Drive E petrol engine, fitted with a supercharger and a turbocharger for a total power output of 318hp.
The engine is mated to a eight-speed automatic gearbox, which Volvo said is specially designed to fit the hybrid powertrain. Between the engine and gearbox sits a crankshaft-mounted starter generator, which Volvo said allows the car to go from pure electric drive to being powered by the engine.
Volvo said the 65kW battery does not impact on the interior space of the car, and also said its position - it is placed centrally in the tunnel of the car - gives it a low centre of gravity, making the car easier and safer to drive.
"The XC90 T8 is a plug-in electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car rolled into one," said Dr Peter Mertens, senior vice president research and development at Volvo. "The Drive-E engines already offer highly competitive performance versus the competition. The T8 takes it further into a leading position."