In line with Volvo’s vision of only offering electrified cars starting this year, Volvo Cars Philippines is now offering the Volvo S90, XC60, and XC90 as plug-in hybrids. The official introduction of these plug-in electric vehicles (PHEV) was staged along with a sustainable mobility forum entitled The Future of Electric. The local event served as a platform for sustainable mobility discussions featuring speakers from the environment and transportation sectors. It also tackled one of Volvo Cars’ global plans–the aim to generate 50 percent of global sales from fully electric cars by 2025. This goal would result in a 50 percent reduction in tailpipe carbon emissions per car between 2018 and 2025.
Organized in cooperation with Partnership for Clean Air, a multi-sector network that promotes air quality management, this forum has provided an opportunity to train the spotlight on climate issues and cars.
Volvo’s plug-in hybrid cars deliver a no-compromise combination of plug-in battery electric power and an efficient petrol engine that provides low to zero tailpipe emissions. The additional electric motor supports the combustion engine for low CO2 emissions, and when driven in pure electric mode, it can allow people to commute with zero tailpipe emissions.
It also delivers excellent flexibility with three drive modes to choose from. Volvo drivers can glide through their day with zero tailpipe emissions and no fuel consumption in Pure (electric mode) or blast through canyon roads in Power mode. For the best of both worlds, Hybrid mode provides the optimal balance between the two powertrains.
Volvo’s Twin Engine set-up means that the high voltage battery is positioned in the tunnel console for maximum safety and also improved weight distribution that gives an enhanced driving experience.
The T8 Twin Engine Technology features Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD) which propels the vehicle in electric mode, provides electric boost torque and power during acceleration, provides electric all wheel drive functionality, and performs brake energy recuperation. Meanwhile, its crank-integrated starter generator (C-ISG) charges the battery while also acts as a starter for the combustion engine. It can support the combustion engine with electric boost power.
Volvo’s T8 Twin Engine Plug-in Hybrids also carry a high voltage traction battery to store energy which can be charged in three ways: via the main grid, the regenerative brakes, or from the C-ISG. The high voltage battery can also propel the vehicle purely using its juice for around 40 to 50 kilometers and also has the capability to run the electric air conditioning for pre-climatization of the interior before the driver and passengers get in.
The hybrid range also enjoys an advanced cooling system. A base engine cooling circuit cools the C-ISG while one extra cooling circuit cools the ERAD and the power electronics. A second, extra cooling circuit, cools the battery in one of two ways; either passively, via the radiator, or actively, through integration with the car’s climate system.
The Volvo S90, XC60, and XC90 T8 Twin Engine Plug-in Hybrids invite people to enjoy the clean power of Volvo’s electrified cars. Volvo’s promise of an electric future starts this 2019, where all newly produced Volvo cars are available with plug-in hybrid technology. This will continue until Volvo reaches its ambitious goal to be climate neutral across their full value chain in 2040, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The Volvo T8 Twin Engine Plug-in Hybrids are now on sale with the following prices:
Volvo S90 T8 Twin Engine – P5,995,000
Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine – P5,795,000
Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine – P7,995,000