Volvo announced that the upcoming V60 Plug-In Hybrid will hit the US showrooms in 2012. While the rest of the world will get a diesel-electric version, the US customers will have a gasoline-electric version only.
The Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid is the result of an industrial partnership between Volvo and Vattenfall, a Swedish energy supplier. When the project was launched in 2007, its aim was to create the market's first diesel-electric plug-in hybrid. Eventually, the partners achieved the goal. The front wheels of the diesel V60 are driven by a five-cylinder 2.4-l turbo diesel engine producing 215 hp, as for the rear axle, it gets a 70 hp electric motor. Volvo says that it'll take about five hours to fully charge the car's battery from a standard electricity outlet. The pricing for the vehicle is still to be announced.
Unfortunately, in the USA the car will be offered with a gasoline engine instead of the turbocharged. Some say that considering that a turbo diesel is a more efficient version and that biodiesel would be a valid alternative, it would make sense to buy the turbo diesel V60 in Europe and have it shipped to the US.