A Green Car You May Actually Want to Drive

Admit it—you don’t just want an environmentally friendly car.

You want a car that saves you cash and looks cool while also protecting the environment.

In other words, you want Volvo’s V60 Plug-In Hybrid.

Well, maybe you don’t. But I happen to think the V60 is incredibly cool. Here’s why.

Billed as the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid, the Volvo V-60 packs a 2.4-liter five-cylinder turbodiesel coupled with a 70-hp electric motor on the rear axle. (The motor can be charged in anywhere from 7 hours to only 3, depending on what amp socket you use.)

The diesel-electric combo gives the driver a choice among three modes of propulsion: Pure for electric drive, Hybrid for alternating propulsion and Power for an extra boost from both (when using both electric and diesel, power output can increase from 215 to 285 horses).

Unlike most plug-ins, the V60 is downright quick—it can go from 0 to 100 km/hr in only 6.9 seconds. Not bad for a plug-in. Not bad at all.

Moreover, the driver can also operate purely under diesel thrust to conserve battery power. And if traction if limited, the driver can enable a through-the-road all-wheel-drive option that engages both motors.

The best part? Fuel consumption is an estimated 1.9-litres/100 km.

In my view, the V60 would be great for all kinds of tasks as it’s roomy, elegant, has pull, and has speed.

Note: Although Volvo initially said it’d launch the V60 in Europe, it already confirmed it will sell in North America as well.

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One Comment on “A Green Car You May Actually Want to Drive”

  1. […] September, I blogged about the new Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid, which the Swedish automaker has labelled as the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid. It’s also […]

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