Volvo First to Offer PHEV on Every Model

Volvo has become the first mass-market carmaker to offer a PHEV powertrain option to every model in its range.

The launch of its XC40 T5 Twin Engine completes the line-up of the electrified powertrain across the Volvo range. The powertrain marries the carmaker’s new 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor in a hybrid system that delivers a claimed 259bhp, making it the most powerful XC40 option. It also claims preliminary WLTP figures for CO2 emissions are from 38g/km where 19-inch wheels are specified, while combined cycle fuel consumption is estimated to be up to 141.1mpg (117.4mpg US). The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 10.7kWh, enabling and electric only range of up to 28.6 miles depending on driving conditions and battery charge levels.

The new T5 Twin Engine joins two diesel and three gasoline powertrains in the XC40 range, with a BEV model expected to join the line-up next year. This PHEV comes with a recharging outlet on the nearside front wing. A 14ft 2ins cable with a three-pin plug is provided as standard, while a type 2/mode 3 fast-charge cable is available as an optional extra.

Volvo claims that charging using the fast-charge cable will completely recharge the car’s high-voltage battery in as little as 2.5 hours. Fully charging via the three-pin plug cable takes between 3.5 and 6 hours.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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