Report: Volvo’s working on plug-in hybrids rather than EVs
No matter which way you argue, electric vehicles are still rather impractical when compared to the typical internal-combustion engine-powered car. Let’s face it, who wants to wait hours to refuel/recharge a battery pack when filling up a 16-gallon tank only takes no more than five minutes?
Granted, the EV regiment still fits a select niche of car owners, but not all. And Volvo recognizes this, hence their decision to stick with the development of plug-in electric hybrids instead of full-fledged EVs.
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The word was shared with AutoCar, who spoke with Volvo of the Americas’ senior vice president, Lex Kerssemakers. In the interview, he said that right now, plug-in hybrids make much more sense as a business case than full-electric vehicles. Additionally, it offers the best of both worlds.
The most recent example is the all-new 2015 Volvo XC90, which features a plug-in hybrid powertrain with different power ratings. That said, we can expect that powertrain to surface in Volvo’s future models, especially when you consider the XC90’s setup is capable of well over 400hp.