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February 25, 2019

Volvo Cars launching new hybrid powertrains

Geely-owned Volvo Cars said it had taken "a significant step towards its electrification goals" with the release of upgraded and newly developed electrified powertrain options, to be made available across its entire model range in the future.

By Sam Duke

Geely-owned Volvo Cars said it had taken “a significant step towards its electrification goals” with the release of upgraded and newly developed electrified powertrain options, to be made available across its entire model range in the future.

The company has upgraded its existing Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain, while at the same time confirming that plug-in options will now be available on every model it produces.

Moreover, Volvo Cars will introduce a range of mild-hybrids in coming months, starting with diesel and petrol versions of the XC90 and XC60 SUV models.

These mild-hybrids for the first time offer customers Volvo’s advanced kinetic energy-recovery braking system which is coupled with its existing internal combustion engines to create a new integrated electrified powertrain, under its new ‘B’ badge.

Volvo claims this new powertrain, electrified via brake-by-wire energy recovery, offers drivers up to 15% fuel savings and emission reductions in real-world driving.

The new brake-by-wire system interacts with the energy-recovery system and reduces fuel consumption and emissions by recovering kinetic energy under braking.

In line with its strategy and supported by extremely strong demand, Volvo Cars has upgraded its production capacity so that up to 25% of total production can be Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars. In addition, it expects its new ‘B’-badged powertrains to gradually become the new standard, moving it closer to its goal that by the middle of the next decade all of its cars will be electrified.

There will be new and upgraded powertrains introduced on Volvo’s larger Scalable Product Architecture (SPA)-based cars.

The upgraded T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid features a new battery and brake-by-wire advanced battery charging. The range of the T8 powertrain has increased by around 15%, and this powertrain is available on all 90 and 60 series cars.

The XC90 will be available with a B5-badged mild-hybrid petrol or diesel variant, as well as a B6-badged petrol mild hybrid.

On the XC60, customers will be able to choose between B5 mild-hybrid petrol or diesel variants, a B4 diesel mild hybrid as well as a B6 petrol mild hybrid. The B5 petrol will be available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The company’s smaller Compact Modular Architecture-based XC40 SUV will also receive a new electrified option, in the form of a T5 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid. A second, T4 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid option will follow later.

All UK market details will be confirmed later.

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