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Hybrid Car Review: Volvo Plans on Diesel Hybrids

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Volvo Plans on Diesel Hybrids

Volvo is looking to hybrid technology in the next few years. By 2009, they plan on rolling out start-stop technology to the smaller cars in their line-up. By 2012, they plan on having diesel hybrids on the road in the larger sedans, crossovers and SUVs. And shortly after that, they plan on getting plug-in hybrids.

The start-stop technology turns the engine off when slowing down or when the car is stopped. Volvo will roll the tech out in their small car line-up first with the C30, S40 and V50. But will follow-up with their larger vehicles.

The diesel hybrid technology will be rolled out in their larger vehicles. They will be full hybrids, meaning they will run on electric power at lower speeds, and changing over to a gas/electric mix at higher speeds. The turbodiesel five-cylinder engine will power the front wheels, while the rear wheels will be powered by the electric motor.

Volvo plans on selling their diesel hybrids in Europe and the US in 2012.

Source: Autonews.

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