In the UK, Volvo has just extended its S60 range with a plug-in hybrid option. The PHEV comes with a 4wd T8 Twin Engine powertrain and in this constellation, the S60 offers 36 miles (approx 58 km) of pure electric range.
This third generation of Volvo’s premium mid-size saloon includes further powertrain choices and equipment grades, an all-wheel-drive petrol-electric hybrid and different trim levels. The new PHEV has an impressive acceleration from 0-62mph (0-100 km/h) in just 4.6 seconds.
UK drivers can now order the from the expanded range, with prices starting at £37,935 (41,499 euros) for the T5 R-Design Plus and £38,835 (42,484 euros) for the T5 Inscription Plus. The new T8 Twin Engine R-Design Plus plug-in hybrid model is priced at £49,805 (54,485 euros).
In March this year, we reported that Volvo’s plug-in hybrids are more sought-after than the manufacturer had anticipated – much to their dismay. CEO Hakan Samuelsson said: “We are not happy because we could sell more plug-in hybrids.” The problem was that Volvo did not have enough batteries, electric motors and other components to expand production on a grand scale. Samuelsson would ramp up production of its plug-in hybrids. “We are tripling the capacity of what we had about a year ago to what we will achieve by the end of this year,” he said at the time. After signing up for more batteries from CATL and LG Chem, the Geely-owned Swedish carmaker seems to have been able to ramp up PHEV production as planned. Volvo aims for fully electric cars to account for half of its total sales by 2025.