Volvo Cars Introduces New Hybrid Powertrain Options
Volvo Cars has released the upgraded and newly-developed electrified powertrain options, to be made available across its entire model range going forward.
In its statement, the Swedish carmaker has upgraded the current T8 and T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrains.
This as it confirmed that it will introduce plug-in options for every model it produces.
Volvo Philippines Marketing Head Christopher Yu said that locally, it has brought in the T8 Twin Engine S90 Plug-in Hybrid.
“This is our first step towards locally implementing Volvo’s global vision to have half of our global sales comprised of fully electric cars, he said. “Safer for the environment, better for everyone on the planet.”
Further, Volvo Cars will bring a range of mild hybrids in the coming months, starting with diesel and petrol versions of the S90, XC90, and XC60 SUV models.
The mild hybrids will offer customers Volvo’s advanced kinetic energy recovery braking system.
This system is coupled with its existing internal combustion engines to create a new, integrated, electrified powertrain under its new ‘B’ badge.
The new electrified via brake-by-wire energy recovery powertrain can save up to 15 percent of fuel and reduce emissions in real-world driving.
According to the carmaker, the new brake-by-wire system interacts with the energy recovery system and reduces fuel consumption and emissions by recovering kinetic energy under braking.
Relatedly, Volvo Cars has upgraded its production capacity so that up to 25 percent of total production can be Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars. Furthermore, they are expecting that its new B-badged powertrains will become the new standard, as it moves closer to its goal of electrifying all its lineup come middle of next decade.
It also added that there will be new and upgraded powertrains introduced on Volvo’s larger Scalable Product Architecture (SPA)-based cars.
The upgraded T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid with up to 420 horsepower features a new battery and brake-by-wire advanced battery charging. The range of the T8 powertrain has increased by around 15 percent and this powertrain is available on all 90- and 60-Series cars.
An upgraded version of the smaller-capacity T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid is also combined with the new battery and brake-by wire-technology. This powertrain also offers an approximate 15-percent range increase and is available on the V60 estate and S60 sedan.
The XC90 will be available with a B5-badged mild hybrid petrol or diesel variant, as well as a B6-badged petrol mild hybrid.
On the XC60, customers will be able to choose between a B5 mild hybrid petrol or diesel variant, a B4 diesel mild hybrid as well as a B6 petrol mild hybrid. The B5 petrol will be available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The company’s smaller Compact Modular Architecture-based XC40 SUV will also receive a new electrified option, in the form of a T5 Twin Engine petrol-plug-in hybrid. A second, T4 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid option will follow later