Volvo doubles electric range estimates for 2022 plug-in models

Volvo on Monday unveiled a new plug-in hybrid powertrain for its 60- and 90-series models. The company says the new configuration reduces carbon dioxide emissions, increases performance and improves handling.

The new T8 AWD Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain Long-Range Battery, available on Volvo S60, V60, XC60, S90 and XC90 Recharge models, features an additional layer of cells to increase rated energy from 11.6 kilowatt hours to 18.8 kilowatt hours. The T8s also get a more powerful rear electric motor that delivers 143 horsepower, uprated from 87.

This upgraded hybrid powertrain achieves an EPA-estimated range of 35 to 41 miles on a single charge. Before the upgrade, the S90 traveled 21 miles on a charge while the S60/V60 reached 22 miles. The XC60 and XC90 had a range of 18 miles.

In addition to electrical enhancements, the T8 turbocharged gasoline engine has also been upgraded for greater fuel efficiency and performance. Volvo says it now produces more power at lower revs, which reduces carbon dioxide emissions.

The electric motor increases power to the rear wheels by approximately 65%, improving performance in all scenarios. Due to the increase in electric power, 60 and 90 Series vehicles equipped with the Recharge T8 AWD powertrain now produce a combined 455 horsepower, making them the most powerful Volvo cars ever produced from the factory.

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“For many customers, a plug-in hybrid is their first electric driving experience,” Anders Gustafsson, president and CEO of Volvo Car USA said in a statement. “This upgrade will show so many people the benefits of an electric future and serve as a stepping stone on their own journey to full electrification.”

With the new larger battery, Recharge T8 models are now eligible for the federal tax credit of $7,500, the maximum. This tax credit is based on battery capacity.

In addition to the powertrain, Volvo has also added single-pedal control to the XC60 and S90 models, giving the driver the ability to control both acceleration and deceleration with just the accelerator pedal. Releasing the throttle causes a vehicle in one-pedal mode to begin slowing immediately, as well as regenerating as much energy as possible from the system.

Volvo Cars, along with Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, China’s BYD and Jaguar Land Rover have pledged to work towards phasing out sales of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 globally and by 2035 in the “leading markets” in November. global climate debate.

Volvo aims to sell 1.2 million cars globally, at least half of which will be fully electric cars by 2025, and plans to become an all-electric car company by 2030.


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