The 2018 XC60 plug-in hybrid, due in showrooms in early fall 2017, is a smaller alternative to the XC90 full-size plug-in SUV. The crossover XC60 is a compact, stylish and powerful sport utility. While somewhat pricey and likely low volume, the XC60 T8 is another sign that Volvo is serious about phasing out internal combustion over the coming years.

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The Volvo XC90 T8 is a luxury high-performance plug-in hybrid SUV. It offers comfort, safety, and a level of efficiency previously thought impossible in an all-wheel-drive people-mover.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
June 30, 2014

Confirmed: Volvo To Offer Plug-In Hybrid Option on All Models

The company's electric strategy starts with the diesel V60, which I just drove in New Jersey. It's for sale only in Europe, which is a shame, because it's a darned good car. We're getting a plug-in gas version of the new XC90 next year, and Volvo says many more are to come.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
May 16, 2013

Volvo Demos Second Generation C30 Electric, Keeps Quiet On EV Plans

Swedish automaker Volvo wants the world to know it has big plans to produce a zero emissions fleet by 2020. But while its rivals are moving forward with their EV programs, Volvo isn’t speaking in specific terms about full-scale production electric cars.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
April 11, 2013

The Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid: A Sell-Out in Europe, Unavailable Here

The car's diesel engine makes it a non-starter for the American market, but a gasoline version could hit our streets soon. Volvo has a long history making green cars, but this is the first to actually go to full production.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
November 14, 2012

Volvo Plots Slow Course To Fast EV Charging

Despite a number of promising concepts from Volvo, and a fleet of more than 250 electrified C30 coupes already on European roadways, the Swedish automaker has been slow when it comes to bringing an electric vehicle to market. The company has now announced another concept: a fast-charger system, one that trims the time needed for a full recharge to only 1.5 hours.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
May 03, 2012

Volvo Takes Orders in Europe for V60 Diesel Plug-in Hybrid

No Ford hybrid has ever been sold in Europe, and the Lexus HS isn't available either, but here's one hybrid Americans won't be driving: the Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid. All German brands sell diesels in America, and there's no reason why Volvo shouldn't either. Europeans see it as the best of both worlds: the most fuel-efficient ICE, and a green plug-in hybrid.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 01, 2011

Midnight Sun: Scandinavia Embraces Electric Cars

Although Sweden's Saab faces bankruptcy, and Norway's Think just barely escaped it, the Nordic regions are ripe for electric cars, and they're starting to roll out. As proof of momentum, Volvo announced a new strategic alliance with Siemens.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
July 21, 2011

Serial or Parallel Hybrids, Volvo Opens a New Door for Better Fuel Efficiency

Here comes Volvo with a dual hybrid architecture—serial and parallel—where the electric motor, the battery and the ICE are the same, exactly in the same place. It's very clever engineering, and if you'd asked me I would have said it was impossible, but Volvo did it.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 03, 2011 Exclusive: Volvo CEO Will Answer Your Questions About Electric Cars

Volvo has extended a generous offer to to pose our questions about the company’s electric car plans to Stefan Jacoby, the company’s top executive. Mr. Jacoby will respond to your questions (maybe even in a video, no promises) that will be posted to

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