Volvo's 206kW hybrid concept

2012-01-05 11:26

Volvo will take on the green-friendly vehicle challenge when it reveals its new plug-in hybrid concept at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept has three drive modes (battery, hybrid,power) and is capable of 206kw from four-cylinders (combined electric and petrol engine).

In Pure mode the vehicle is powered solely by its 50kW electric motor which, Volvo says, has a range of 45km (urban). Hybrid, or the default mode, combines the petrol engine and electric motor and has a fuel consumption of 4.7 litres/100km with a CO2 emissions rating of 53g/km.

In Power mode, the four-cylinder turbo engine is capable of 206kW/380 Nm and is combined with the 50kW electric motor to rocket the XC60 concept model to 100km/h in 5.8sec  The engine is mated to an eight-speed auto transmission.


The engine in the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept has no conventional starter motor or alternator. Instead, there is "an integrated starter motor and generator" (ISG) connected to the crankshaft between the engine and the gearbox. The ISG is capable of delivering an extra 34 kW during acceleration and also charges the battery while braking.

XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept

AWD MODE: The XC60 Plug-in Hybrid sports an electric all-wheel drive mode. The central control unit distributes power between the front wheels and the electrically driven rear axle.

The rear axle of the XC60 is turned by a 60kW electric motor powered by 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack installed under the boot and charged from a standard power outlet though recharging time varies with the current. If 220V is available a full charge with 12A takes 3.5 hours, with 110V/12A 7.5 hours.

It is also possible while recharging the car to heat or cool the cabin to make the start of the journey more comfortable. This also means that more battery power is available to propel the car.
The Volvo Sensus infotainment system keeps the driver updated on the engine, optimal driving routes and nearest charging station. The driver can also connect to the car via a mobile phone application This offers access to a range of data, such as the battery's charge level, remaining range, and the location and capacity of the nearest recharging station.

Through the app, it is possible to verify if the charger cable is hooked up and it is also possible to pre-program the car's interior climate.

XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept

SAVING POWER: Drivers can save battery power by activating the vehicle's "Save" mode. The generator charges and tops-up the battery pack if necessary.