Volvo

Volvo to adopt 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain for select 2022 models

Volvo will be bringing its 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrains, the B5 and B6, to the U.S. 2022 S60, S90, XC60, and V90. The hybrid powertrain will result in increased fuel efficiency but decreased horsepower. The B5 powertrain features a turbocharged 4L inline-4 engine, and the B6 features a turbocharged and supercharged 4L inline-4 engine.Read more

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PHEVs account for 20% of Volvo’s monthly sales

This past May, plug-in hybrids accounted for 20% of Volvo’s monthly U.S. sales. And in California, that figure was higher at 47.7%. Since Volvo “reduced its prices, redesigned its tailpipes to hide them, and introduced a plug-in get-paid program,” (Green Car Reports) the sales of its plug-in hybrids have continued to rise. Read more

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Baltimore-based tech firm and Abell Foundation file lawsuit against Volvo over hybrid engine technology

The Baltimore Sun reported that Paice and the Abell Foundation have filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Volvo in federal court over its use of hybrid engine technology. The story notes that “Paice, a pioneer in hybrid engine systems that grew out of a University of Maryland incubator, licenses technology used in most gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles on U.S. roads, including the…

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Volvo’s Recharge plug-in hybrids recognized for towing capability

Volvo’s Recharge plug-in hybrids took home awards for their towing capability in the 2021 Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year Awards. The XC40 T5 FWD was named the best Alternatively Fueled Towcar, and the V60 T6 AWD was named the best Family Towcar.Read more

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Geely’s Lynk & Co. finally launches in Europe

Lynk & Co., the automobile brand founded by Geely and Volvo in 2016, has launched in Europe. The automobile brand is bringing a unique business model to the European market. Green Car Reports details that “there’s no plan for dealerships, showrooms, studios, or any kind of retail space, and a 500-euro ($590) monthly membership gets you a car full-time and…

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Cheaper Volvo plug-in hybrids on the horizon

Volvo will offer its 2021 plug-in hybrids models at a discount to its 2020 models. The XC60 comes in with the lowest price reduction of $450. The new entry-level S60, the R-Design, slated to cost $48,645, comes at a price reduction of $7,750. The price cuts are yet another move Volvo is taking to increase the sales of its hybrid…

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