Göteborg, Sweden – Volvo has announced its new V60 Plug-In Hybrid, which it said will be available in Europe starting in 2012. The new model will have a button that allows the driver to select a pure electric mode, a high-efficiency hybrid or a muscular fun-to-drive car that will reach zero to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds.

“The second-generation hybrid is the perfect choice for the uncompromising buyer who wants a superbly carbon dioxide-lean car packed with driving pleasure,” said Stefan Jacoby, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. “The technology is still undergoing development and testing. However, the car already points very clearly to what our customers can expect when the plug-in hybrid enters showrooms next year.”

The V60’s front wheels will be driven by a 2.4-litre, five-cylinder turbodiesel, producing 215 horsepower. The rear axle features ERAD (electric rear axle drive) in the form of an electric motor producing 70 horsepower, fed by a 12 kW lithium-ion battery pack. The car uses a six-speed automatic transmission. The driver chooses between Pure, Hybrid and Power, with the interaction between diesel and electric power handled via a control system.

“In order to get true car enthusiasts to think ‘green,’ you have to offer them the opportunity to drive with low carbon dioxide emissions without taking away the adrenaline rush that promotes genuine driving pleasure,” Jacoby said. “The V60 Plug-In Hybrid has all the traditional properties of a genuine sports wagon. What we’ve done is to spice it up with spearhead technology that allows the driver to choose zero emissions, high-efficiency hybrid or full-on performance.”

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