Volvo C30 E and V60 PHEV
A cold climate, like that of Scandinavia, and battery packs are no close friends. “The ideal temperature is 68 degrees,” Mr. Olevic said. “Therefore, plug-in technology was the logical choice. In Sweden we use pre heating systems, which increases the use of energy, as does the fact that also the coolant should be warmed up. For us the key issue was to develop a car without any compromises. That means it should be able to tow a trailer, haul luggage, offer comfort for the passengers and – last but not least – should be fun to drive.”
Several fast laps at the test track set up at the former airport proved the potential of the V60 hybrid. The Volvo provides a familiar feel in the driver seat without little lamps in the IP to remind you of its ‘green’ nature.
There is a choice of three modes, Pure, Hybrid and Power by means of a button in the center console. In pure and hybrid there are no surprises and V60 feels confident and reliable. Pulling power is obvious in all modes and handling is excellent thanks to its 50/50 weight distribution. Even though the engineers have to fine tune the software of the drive line, the V60 hybrid will go into production in November 2012.1 2 3
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