As OEMs race to meet stringent fleet CO2 regulations by offering electrified versions of their line-up, Volvo has become the first car manufacturer to have plug-in hybrid versions of its entire model range.
The news comes after Volvo announced the new T5 Twin Engine hybrid system for its XC40 SUV, which caps off a complete portfolio of hybridization.
The T5 Twin Engine combines a 1.5-liter three-cylinder 180hp petrol engine with an 82hp electric motor in a hybrid system that delivers 262hp, making it the most powerful powertrain in the XC40 range. Using a lithium-ion battery it has a capacity of 10.7kWh, enabling electric-only driving of up to 28.6 miles.
Charging via the fast-charge cable will completely recharge the car’s high-voltage battery in as little as 2.5 hours. Fully charging via the three-pin plug cable takes between 3.5 and six hours.
Preliminary WLTP figures for CO2 emissions are 38g/km), while combined cycle fuel consumption is expected to be up to 141.1mpg.
“The introduction of the T5 Twin Engine brings our electrification programme to the heart of our model line-up, demonstrating our commitment to giving all our customers the best possible choice when it comes to powertrains that are both better for the environment and also practical for their lifestyles and driving requirements. The XC40 T5 Twin Engine is the first plug-in hybrid car in the premium compact SUV segment, and its technology brings real day-to-day cost benefits in terms of tax and fuel consumption,” said Kristian Elvefors, managing director, Volvo Car UK.