Volvo plug-in hybrids: Greater electric range

Volvo is giving its plug-in models a larger battery. The performance of the electric motors also increases.

Volvo is giving those plug-in hybrids based on the SPA platform (Scalable Product Architecture) improved powertrains. The S60, V60, XC60, S90, V90 and XC90 Recharge models have new batteries with a third layer of cells added. This increases their capacity from 11.6 to 18.8 kilowatt hours, which benefits the electric range. Depending on the model, it should be possible to drive up to 90 kilometers electrically (according to WLTP) before the next battery charge is due.

More powerful electric motor for the rear axle

At the same time, there is a new electric motor for the rear axle, which now has an output of 107 kW /145 hp - up to 65 percent more than before. This increases the system performance in the T6 PHEV versions from 251 kW /341 PS to 257 kW /350 PS. The T8 variants now even have 335 kW /455 hp instead of 287 kW /390 hp, because the Swedes have also modified its two-liter petrol engine, which is both turbocharged and supercharged. He alone now comes to 310 instead of 303 hp. So far, no drive train in a production Volvo has been stronger than this.

The e-power gained should also improve the all-wheel drive. On top of that, Volvo is increasing the feeling of recuperation when driving in some of its plug-in hybrids, so that "One Pedal Drive" is now possible - i.e. it is no longer necessary to brake for most stopping manoeuvres, but to decelerate.

The prices

The prices for the improved PHEV Volvos start at 56,350 euros (V60 Recharge T6 AWD) and range from 77,300 euros (V90 Recharge T8 AWD) to 84,850 euros (XC60 Recharge T8 AWD in the factory-tuned Polestar Engineered variant ; see table).

Conclusion

Volvo is giving its SPA-based plug-in hybrids both greater range and more power. The facelifted cars can now be ordered.

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