Volvo has set a bold goal: All of its cars will be all electrified (hybrid or better) by 2025 and all electric (no internal-combustion engines at all) by 2030. One might expect Volvo to be concentrating on those future EVs, but Volvo is also making meaningful improvements to its T8 Recharge plug-in hybrid models. First to arrive on our shores will be the updated Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge. While we were in Belgium to drive the new all-electric C40 Recharge, Volvo also arranged a little seat time in the latest version of the hybridized XC60—and we’re glad it did.
There are two major changes to the T8 Recharge hybrid system. First is its battery, which grows in size from 11.6 kWh (of which 9.1 kWh is usable) to 18.7 kWh (14.8 kWh usable). That ups the XC60 T8’s electric-only range from 19 miles to a much more usable 32 miles. (The battery lives in the XC60’s central spine, so there’s no impact on cargo space.)
Volvo has also replaced the current XC60’s 87-hp electric motor with a new 142-hp unit, raising total system power from 400 to 455 horsepower (of which 313 comes from the 2.0-liter gasoline engine; for those unfamiliar with Volvo’s T8 hybrid system, the gas engine drives the front wheels while the electric motor drives the rears).
For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.