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Review from down under (Australia of course)

Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:26 pm


Titled 'Electric dreams of Volvo XC90 T8 hybrid SUV', the article by 'The Australian' in the LIFE section of the paper was actually written in the future - it was written tomorrow, January 16, which is actually today, January 15 in North America...

For the sales year of 2020, Volvo is predicting that 10 percent of its total sales will be plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles, with Volvo's first fully electric vehicle due in 2019.

Throughout Volvo’s interrogation of the future, there was never a doubt in the direction of travel: PHEV and EV propulsion will rise and gradually displace petrol and diesel propulsion in the next decade. No one expects the reverse. It’s just a matter of setting your sails and when.

“We see the period of critical customer acceptance of EVs to be 2020 to 2025,” says Thomas Mueller, vice-president of electrics/electronics and e-propulsion.

By then battery cost, energy and power density, charging infrastructure and customer sentiment will push EVs to the centre of the dealer showroom.

Speaking of timing, Volvo has been quite lucky. Lucky that the first two vehicles of the new regimen are sport utilities, when that segment is on fire in the US — now accounting for 40 per cent of new car sales. Volvo’s emphasis on PHEVs and EVs also synchs nicely with growing disaffection with diesel in the aftermath of the VW emissions-cheating scandal.

Full article here: ... eac017031d


Vehicle: Large luxury hybrid SUV

Engine: 2.0-litre supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder petrol plus electric motor Outputs 235kW at 2200rpm and 400Nm at 6000rpm

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, all-wheel drive

Average fuel consumption: 2.1 litres per 100km

Electric range: 40km

Price: $US68,100 ($122,950 plus on-road costs)

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