Swede dreams are made of this — the Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge

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Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles bridge the gap between a regular hybrid and an electric vehicle. But they cost more. Quite a bit more.

The 2024 XC60 T8 Recharge is leather-free, with wool blend upholstery, patterned genuine wood decor inlay, a handcrafted crystal gearshift made exclusively for Volvo by Scandinavian premium manufacturer Orrefors and a 2-inch driver display.

The T8 twin motor combines the power of a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 107kW electric motor and an 18.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack, delivering power outputs of 340kW and 709Nm of torque. PHEVs bridge the gap between a regular hybrid and an EV, which in the South African context — where fast-charging stations are still rare,— makes sense. They distribute energy more efficiently, making them more powerful and economical to run than a mild hybrid or ICE vehicle, but they cost more. Quite a bit more.

Though the pricing is not comparable, ICE vehicles are falling out of fashion. In January this year, 60% of Europe’s premium midsize SUV sales were EVs and PHEVs. The same month, Volvo’s XC60 PHEV sold 45% more than competitor models, making itis also leading the market in SA’s NEV space: last year, the XC60 Recharge plug-in hybrid was the country’s most popular PHEV, followed closely by the XC90 Recharge plug-in hybrid.

Google Maps is integrated in the XC60 Recharge, providing real-time traffic info and automatic rerouting, but I would prefer Waze any day. It’s a far superior navigation app. Then there’s the boot: so spacious you could send kids and pets to the naughty comfy corner in the back without falling foul of the authorities.

The T8 twin motor combines the power of a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 107kW electric motor and an 18.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack, delivering power outputs of 340kW and 709Nm of torque.

Source: Car News Wire (carnewswire.net)

 

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