Vehicle is Billed as the World’s First Diesel Plug-In Hybrid
Sweden’s Volvo Car said at the Paris Auto Show that the first year’s production of its V60 Plug-in Hybrid, with an earlier-announced price of 57,000 euros – approximately $74,000 U.S. at current rates – has sold out.
“After this initial batch of 1,000 cars for model year 2013, production of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will increase to 5,000 cars as of model year 2014,” the manufacturer says.
The vehicle has all-electric range of about 50 kilometers, or approximately 30 miles. Volvo states the V60’s diesel fuel efficiency as 1.8 liters per 100 kilometers, which works out to about 130 miles per U.S. gallon.
The four-wheel drive V60 plug-in is the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid, and “the technically most advanced Volvo model ever,” the company says – “an electric car, hybrid car and muscle-car all rolled into one.”
“None of our competitors can offer customers an equally ingenious car,” Volvo Car marketing, sales and customer service VP Doug Speck said in a release. “Its uncompromising attitude to green motoring elevates hybrid technology to an entirely new level,” he said.
The vehicle is the result of close cooperation between Volvo and the Swedish electricity supplier Vattenfall.
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Source: Volvo Car Corp