Having trouble deciding between an all-electric, plug-in hybrid or diesel vehicle? Well, Volvo says you can have all three -- in one car.
The new Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid sports wagon can change between those modes by just the push of a button and a driver can experience all three modes during a single trip.
Switching the car into Pure mode makes it an all-electric vehicle. The 70-horsepower electric motor drives the rear wheels, and the lithium-ion battery pack provides a 30-mile range per charge. Each full charge takes about three hours. The Hybrid mode offers a 125 mpg equivalent and a 745-mile range. When you want to maximize performance, switching into Power mode lets you go 0-62 in 6.9 seconds, while sacrificing some efficiency.
In case a driver has trouble deciding which mode to use, the car has navigation technology that automatically recommends the best mode choices for each trip.
It's currently just a concept that will debut at the Geneva Auto Show, but Volvo says it could be at dealerships in Europe by 2012. Those lucky Europeans.
via Wired Autopia
written by Katharine Kirk, February 24, 2011
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