The Volvo S60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid Saloon: The Complete Guide

Volvo S60 electric Recharge Plug-In Hybrid

Overview


Sweden has created its fair share of global brands, but none with a reputation as good as Volvo Cars, when it comes to passenger safety. Volvo cars is an automotive manufacturer based in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Volvo Group has a long history of success and was established in 1927. Since then the company has had multiple owners, to include the US based, Ford Motor Company. Its current owner is a Chinese automotive behemoth, Geely Automobile, which acquired Volvo Cars in 2010. Geely also owns the automotive brands Lotus Cars and Polestar

Volvo Cars was one of the first mainstream OEM’s to commit to a push towards zero-emission road transportation.  In 2017, the company announced its intention to ‘electrify every car in our range’.  Volvo is not new to ‘electric propulsion’ and has already deployed a test fleet of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in 2010 and had launched the first plug-in hybrid diesel cars in 2012.  Volvo Cars Recharge is the sub-brand for all electric vehicles (EVs) developed by the automotive company.  

The automotive manufacturer has an ambition to achieve 50% sales from pure electric cars and the remaining 50% from plug-in hybrid electric cars by 2025. The company is also committed to becoming ‘climate neutral’ across the value chain by 2040. The Volvo electric vehicle (EV) current portfolio includes:


Electric Cars: The Basics


For those of you new to zero-emission electric driving, we recommend a read of the following articles:


The Volvo S60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid Saloon


The Volvo S60 conventional petrol and diesel saloon variants have been available since 2000. As with other Volvo models, the company has also introduced the S60 as a lower emission plug-in hybrid electric saloon car. The plug-in electric Volvo saloon (PHEV) is perfect for families already familiar with the advantages of owning and driving a Volvo car i.e. a fantastic reputation for safety and quality. Of course, the electric Recharge PHEV further enhances this enviable reputation, given the environment-friendly nature of lower emission plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

PHEVs are perfect for individuals and families:

  • Keen to take a step towards lower emission and environment-friendly driving
  • Need a vehicle for extensive and regular long-distance travelling
  • Have limited access to private or public EV charging stations
  • Do a number of short commutes (30 miles and below) on a regular basis
  • Keen to save money

It is a widely known fact, in that, the average distance of a trip in the UK is a mere 12 miles. An average vehicle in the UK will travel between 8k and 10k miles per annum i.e. less than 30 miles per day. The newest eco-friendly PHEVs on the market will average between 20 to 30 zero-emission electric miles on a fully-charged EV battery. In most plug-in electric cars the EV battery will be below 15 kWh in capacity.

The Volvo plug-in electric saloon has a 11.6 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 34 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the e-saloon, expect a real world range closer to 29 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The Volvo PHEV is practical and versatile without compromising on quality and comfort. The rear seats are comfortable for adults, with ample legroom and headroom and appropriate for most family requirements, to include, school runs, family outings, grocery shopping and a lot more! The interior quality of the electric saloon is high and driving is a pleasure.

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Volvo S60 electric Recharge Plug-In Hybrid
The Volvo S60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid (credit: Volvo)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Saloon
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric/ Petrol (T8 AWD plug-in hybrid)
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (2 Options)
R-Design (from £46,075)
Polestar Engineered (from £51,350)

PROSCONS
Good acceleration and driveCheaper PHEV options available
Interior quality and cabin space goodBoot smaller than rivals
Cheap to run when on electric modeLimited EV range

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (11.6 kWh)
Charging:On board charger: 3.7kW AC (charge up to 80% in 3 hours). DC charging not available
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:40g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1437
Width (mm):1850
Length (mm):4761
Wheelbase (mm):2872

Volvo S60 Plug-in Hybrid (T8 AWD plug-in hybrid)
EV Battery Capacity:11.6 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):34.2 miles (combined)
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):15.5
Fuel Consumption (mpg):156.9 (combined)
Charging:On board charger: 3.7kW AC
Top Speed:112 mph
0-62 mph:4.4 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Horsepower (hp):390
Torque (Nm):400
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:4
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):2,500
Colours:6

Volvo S60 electric Recharge Plug-In Hybrid
The Volvo S60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid (credit: Volvo)

Volvo S60 electric Recharge Plug-In Hybrid
The Volvo S60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid (credit: Volvo)

Volvo S60 electric Recharge Plug-In Hybrid
The Volvo S60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid (credit: Volvo)

Volvo S60 electric Recharge Plug-In Hybrid
The Volvo S60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid (credit: Volvo)

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EV Charging Stations Available Via e-zoomed (credit: Wallbox)

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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