Volvo Plug-In Hybrids Will Get More Electric Range and Horsepower in 2022
Volvo Plug-In Hybrids Overview
A few months ago, Volvo revealed details regarding an improved version of its plug-in hybrid powertrain, and it appears that these enhancements may soon be available in the United States.
An increased electric motor and a bigger battery pack will be available on the S60, V60, S90, XC60, and XC90 PHEV versions, dubbed Recharge by Volvo.
Although official EPA ratings aren’t yet available, total horsepower will climb to 455 hp, and the electric driving range should increase by 13 to 16 miles depending on the model.
Historically, these hybrids produced 400 horsepower (or 415 hp in the V60 Polestar Engineered) from a turbocharged and supercharged turbo 2.0-liter engine and an electric motor, with the extra grunt coming from a more powerful electric motor.
The battery’s overall energy capacity improves from 11.6 kWh to 18.8 kWh (Volvo hasn’t revealed the new battery’s usable capacity).
The predicted electric-only range increases to 38 miles for the V60 and 32 miles for the XC60 and XC90.
Although official EPA range estimates have yet to be issued, these car Extended Range models are mentioned on the EPA’s federal tax credit guide for 2022.
Although we expect these cars to replace the previous hybrids, Volvo will use the “Extended Range” name to differentiate models with the upgraded powertrain.
The Company has been contacted for additional information on these modifications, and we will update this piece as more information becomes available.