Above is a Volvo V70 diesel plug-in hybrid demonstrator being crash tested (you can see that the battery pack is intact even after the "full scale" crash). Photo: Volvo
To Launch in Europe at First
Volvo has announced that it would introduce a diesel-electric hybrid in Europe in 2012. We don't know everything about it, but the information that is out so far makes it sound promising: "It will be able to be driven up to 50 kilometres [31 mile, sufficient to cover the daily transport needs of 75% of European drivers] on pure electric power and when running on the battery, emissions from the exhaust pipe will be non-existent. If the battery is recharged using electricity from renewable sources, the net emission of CO2 will be close to zero, even in a lifecycle perspective." Volvo dealerships, in a deal with Vattenfall, will even offer their customers special contracts to purchase green power from their utility.
The combined range using both the battery and the diesel fuel is about 1,200 kilometers (746 miles).
According to the standardised NEDC certification driving cycle, CO2 emissions from Volvo's plug-in hybrid will be lower than 50 grams/kilometre. Cars with emissions below 50 grams of CO2/kilometre will probably have the most favourable incentives in many European countries. In addition to tax relief, these countries will offer a discount of about 5000 euros on the purchase price, a move that is expected to set the standard for the rest of Europe too.
Fuel consumption is 1.9 liters/100 km (124 mpg US) based on the NEDC certification driving cycle.
Volvo and Vattenfall have been testing a diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain in modified V70 Volvos this summer (with a 11.3 kWh Li-ion battery pack).
Via Volvo, Green Car Congress
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