It’s the news we’ve been waiting to hear..Volvo’s ground-breaking new Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid will be eligible for the Government’s Plug-in Car Grant worth £5,000 to buyers.
That means that the world’s first plug-in diesel hybrid will be available for £43,775 after the grant is deducted-still a premium product, but with a healthy chunk off the price tag.
It’s not just the price of the car Volvo describes as ‘three cars in one’ that makes the model rather exclusive; just 1,000 models will be made during a first production run, which began late last year, with around 150 destined for the UK.
Deliveries began back in November, and thankfully, Volvo is already talking about the next step of production when 4,000-6,000 models will be produced by 2014, with around between 5 and 15 per cent intended for the UK.
Marketing the V60 D6 plug in model as its ‘most advanced car yet’, the rechargeable diesel hybrid offers three driving modes; able to drive in fully electric mode, hybrid mode or four wheel drive mode-known as the Pure, Hybrid and Power driving functions.
In order to qualify for the Plug-in Car Grant, the Volvo V60 D6 had to fulfil a number of criteria, including standards on battery warranty, crash safety, battery safety and also CO2 emissions.
The car joins other rechargeable models such as the Nissan LEAF, Vauxhall Ampera and Toyota Prius Plug-in for eligibility for the Government grant.
Ian Howat, head of product and pricing at Volvo Car UK, said: "The V60 Plug-in Hybrid has been a worldwide success with the initial run of 1000 cars sold out before the car reached the showrooms. Now that we have received the UK Government's plug-in grant I'm sure the world's first plug-in diesel hybrid will become even more attractive to UK customers wishing to purchase leading vehicle technology."
Fitted with a five-cylinder 2.4-litre turbo diesel producing 215 hp, the V60 Plug-in also features a 70 horsepower electric motor and a 11.2kWh lithium ion battery pack, installed under the floor. With maximum torque of 440Nm and 200Nm from the engine and motor respectively, this sportwagon can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 6.1 seconds.
Despite this, the car is rated as emitting only 48g/km CO2 and achieving 134mpg on a combined cycle.
In Pure mode, it has a range of 31 miles on electric power alone, but the diesel engine boosts the overall driving range to around 560 miles.
An updated model for 2014 will be unveiled at next week's Geneva Motor Show and show off a number of styling changes for the interior and exterior. Full price and specification levels are expected during April, with customer deliveries taking place from July.
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