Volvo

New three-cylinder engine designed for plug-in hybrid cars

Volvo is set to release a first for the company: a three-cylinder engine specifically for PHEVs. The new three-cylinder will debut in Volvo’s XC40 model, a compact SUV with sporty appeal. The powertrain will be released first as a manual transmission, with an automatic to follow the year after. According to the automaker, a “hybridized as well as a pure…

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Volvo introduces its PHEV Polestar 1

Volvo’s Polestar has unveiled its first plug-in hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show. The PHEV, known as the Polestar 1, has 93 miles of all-electric range which is one of the longest all electric ranges available. The Polestar 1 has dual electric motors in combination with a four-cylinder gasoline engine. Green Car Congress has an in-depth look at the Polestar’s…

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Volvo to introduce three-cylinder engine in XC40 plug-in hybrid

Volvo will debut a next generation three-cylinder engine in its XC40 models this year. The three-cylinder engine was designed specifically for integration in Volvo’s plug-in hybrids, with an XC40 plug-in model to be released in the near future. Volvo will also release a full electric version of the XC40. The new Volvo models have a broad array of features and…

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Review: 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid

After taking the 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid for a spin, The Car Connection had a mixed reaction about the vehicle. While the stylish crossover offers “a lot of power, a balanced chassis, grippy all-wheel drive, and nicely weighted steering controlled via a thick-rimmed, three-spoke wheel,” the review says there’s some “fine-tuning to be done” and notes that it “is hardly…

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Green Car Congress offers a primer on “electric” vs. “electrified”

When Volvo’s announced that it would electrify every vehicle in its lineup by 2019, many media misinterpreted the German automaker’s plans. John Voelcker, a senior editor at Green Car Congress, wants to set the record straight. Two days after the Volvo announcement, Coelcker wrote an aptly-titled column: Hey, media, get it straight: “electrified” is NOT “electric,” and the difference matters. He…

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Volvo: All of our vehicles will soon have an electrified powertrain

Volvo made waves across the automotive industry when it announced that every new vehicle it brings to market, beginning in 2019, will be electrified. The company says it marks the end of an era for cars that only have an internal combustion engine. Green Car Congress reports that Volvo will introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across its model range, embracing fully…

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Volvo Showcases XC60 Plug-in Hybrid

The Volvo XC60, the best-selling car that accounts for about a third of Volvo sales worldwide, is now available with a powerful new plug-in hybrid powertrain that features a 320 horsepower compound turbocharged gasoline engine and an 87 horsepower electric motor. Volvo is also creating plug-in hybrid powertrains for its smaller cars, including the S40 sedan, V40 wagon, and an…

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USA Today: Scads of new electric, hybrid offerings on the way

Noting that “gas prices are low, but interest in alternate energy and fuel efficient vehicles remains high,” USA Today recently showcased nearly a dozen new electric and hybrid vehicles on the market. The featured cars include the Acura NSX, Chevrolet Bolt, Chevrolet Cruze and Equinox, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro, Porsche Panamera, Tesla Model 3, Toyota Prius Prime, 2017 Toyota Highlander, and 2016 Volvo S90. The article notes that interest…

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Popularity of XC90 Spurs Volvo to Develop More Plug-in Hybrids

The strong interest in Volvo’s XC90 plug-in hybrid has been strong enough to add plug-in hybrid options to two more Volvo models, according to HybridCars.com. Sales of the XC90 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid sport-utility vehicle are more than double the company’s original expectations, spurring Volvo to announce it will add the plug-in powertrain to the S90 sedan and V90 wagons that share platforms…

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Volvo unveils small car concepts, including plug-in and battery electric versions

Volvo officially launched its global small car strategy with the unveiling of two new 40 series concept cars that are expected to go into production in 2017, according to GreenCarCongress.com. The new concept cars are built around a new architecture specially created for smaller cars. The cars will include a pure battery electric vehicle as well as Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain…

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