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Volvo to launch its V60 plug-in hybrid in 2012

Volvo to launch its V60 plug-in hybrid in 2012

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Volvo will launch the world's first V60 plug-in diesel hybrid in 2012, but only in Europe

Volvo announced today that it plans to launch its much-anticipated V60 plug-in hybrid in Europe next year. The car, which has been developed in partnership with Swedish utility company Vattenfall, will be the world's first diesel plug-in, and the first plug-in from the car maker.

The car is set to cost more than the regular V60, but its operating costs are estimated to be two-thirds lower, Volvo said.

The 2.4 liter five-cylinder diesel engine powers the front two wheels and the 70-horsepower electric motor drives the rear wheels. In its “pure” electric mode, the V60 will go about 30 miles before the diesel engine kicks in, extending the car's range by an additional 700 miles.

If speed is what you're looking for, the V60 can reportedly run to 62 mph in 6.2 seconds (though that will considerably reduce the range).

The U.S., unfortunately, is only likely to see the gasoline plug-in version, though there is no official word on when that will be out.

Via Motor Trend

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