After quickly selling out of its V60 diesel plug-in hybrids for the 2013 model year, Volvo has started to increase production, from 1000 units to 4000-6000 units a year. Before the special V60 wagon hit dealerships, all 1000 units had already been spoken for, and no doubt the automaker is hoping that type of demand continues with the newly increased production level.
Acceleration from 0-62 mph is said to take 6.1 seconds, thanks to the combination of the V60 diesel plug-in hybrid's 2.4-liter I-5 turbodiesel and 70-hp electric motor. The wagon can run on electricity alone for about 30 miles, and we've previously noted that the car -- based on the Volvo S60 sedan -- has a driving range of over 700 miles. Just like the 2013 V60 PHEV, the 2014 model will be built in Gothenburg, Sweden alongside other V60s. To help speed-up the production process, the PHEV's battery pack is lifted through the car's cargo area with the short side forward and then rotated a bit in the passenger area, something Volvo says takes 60 seconds with less than 0.8 inches of room to spare.
We may like the idea of a diesel plug-in hybrid wagon, but that's not the only low-volume alternative-powertrain project Volvo is developing. The automaker recently released details on a new on-board EV quick-charger that can reduce charging times to 1.5 hours, with the option of adding about 50 miles of driving range in about 30 minutes, using a three-phase outlet with 32 amps.
As for the U.S. market, the efficient Volvo utility vehicle we'll see is the XC60 plug-in hybrid crossover, which will replace the diesel engine with a gas engine. In concept form, the XC60 PHEV concept used a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 making 280 hp, but we wouldn't be surprised to see the production version get detuned to prioritize mileage over acceleration. For now, enjoy photos of the Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid and Volvo XC60 PHEV concept below.
Would you rather have the Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid or the upcoming Volvo XC60 gas plug-in hybrid?