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Volvo XC60 Recharge T8 Extended Range gets more of everything, like more fuel and more range, More batteries, a modified turbo-four, and a more powerful electric motor give the car more power while also making the car more environmentally friendly. In this case, I added batteries to the car.
It’s a good thing that the auto industry is having a good time right now because it means that carmakers can spend a lot of money on really important upgrades during mid-cycle refreshes. If you look at Volvo’s xc60 plug-in hybrid cars, like the most recent version of the XC60 Recharge T8 Extended Range, you’ll see that they have a lot of power. It has the same new-for-’22 engine as its bigger brother, the XC90, as well as the company’s new S60, V60, and S90 hybrids. It has been reworked so that its lusty (and also tweaked) supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder can reach new heights. It also has more battery cells, which gives it more all-electric range.
The capacity of the T8 battery pack has gone up from 9.1 kWh to 14.9 kWh thanks to the addition of a third layer of cells. This means that the range in all-electric mode (what Volvo calls “Pure”) has gone up from 19 miles to 36 miles. A study by Volvo says that customers spend more than half of their time driving in electric-only mode. It’s said that if you have a place to charge your car at home or work, you can do most of your daily driving with the new model’s electric power alone. As a bonus, customers can get the whole $7500 federal tax credit, instead of the $5419 that was given to buyers of the company’s predecessors, who had a smaller range of cars to choose from.
The V0lvo xc60 output of the engine has risen by 55 horsepower as a result of the changes, with the electric motor contributing 143 of those to go along with the 313 horsepower that comes from the tuned gasoline engine. The electric motor drives the back wheels, and the gas engine drives the front wheels. This means that the new model has a lot more power than the previous model, which had 87 horsepower. Because it has 523 pound-feet of torque and 523 horsepower, the updated mid-size SUV joins the likes of its siblings as the most powerful Volvo cars ever made. This is the promise and happiness that electricity brings.
Because the car is expected to get 63 MPGe, its economic value is unimaginable. We took the car for a spin on a variety of roads in and around Palm Springs, California, at a launch event. Even though we couldn’t resist the seductive call of its huge power, we still managed to get an average of 45 MPGe, which is still good.
It takes 4.5 seconds for the Volvo Recharge T8 Extended Range to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour with both engines running. That’s a little faster than the previous model’s best time. With both engines running, the performance is as expected to be very good. This is how it should be given how much torque the XC60 hybrid has, especially when you take into account the car’s reported weight of 4758 lbs. As a result, even with the extra electricity, the extra power isn’t noticeable because the vehicle’s two separate and usually harmonious powertrains got to work, with the exception of one, mild clunk from the back. In pure electric mode, the pickup was still good, but not neck-snapping, in terms of speed.
It’s a new and much-appreciated feature for the hybrid model: one-pedal driving, where the car slows down when you take off the accelerator without hitting the brakes. Regenerative braking makes the car slow down when you do this. This used to only be available on the company’s electric cars. People who aren’t used to one-pedal operations will quickly get used to it and, in our experience, they’ll start to like it because they’ll be able to slow down with a smoothness that doesn’t make sense at first. In Pure driving mode, the feature can be turned on by double-clicking the gearshift into Drive while in Drive mode. The thrill of revving up this solid-footed car and then speeding down twisting mountain roads proved to be rather addictive.
The most noticeable changes to the outside of this refurbished and still, pretty model are a new grille and rear bumper, respectively. This isn’t a cheap car, but it’s fine in a time when car prices are going up. The XC60 Recharge T8 Extended Range starts at $55,845. It’s also not as expensive as it looks, thanks to high-quality fittings and unique styling that make it look great in an era where cheap plastics are common and SUVs, with few exceptions, tend to be ugly and uninteresting. Volvo’s XC60 Recharge is neither. It has an updated, ultra-modern dashboard and a unique, elegant interior design that makes it a real competitor for cars that cost a lot more. The fabric seats on our sample, which were made of a wool blend and only available in grey, were very interesting. They said they would be comfortable in both hot and cold weather.
All in all, the Volvo XC60 Recharge T8 Extended Range shows that having the money to improve one’s position is better than not having the money to improve one’s position.
Volvo has announced the XC60 T8 Plug-in Hybrid, and it’s significant because it gets more range than its predecessor. The XC60 T8 2017, which replaces the 2016 model, gets 18 miles of all-electric range and can get up to 76 mpg in total with its T8 Twin Engine drivetrain, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That’s compared to last year’s 11 miles of all-electric range and 64 mpg total when paired with its six-cylinder engine and supercharger motor.
The all-new Volvo XC60 features a new electrified powertrain that gives it 400 miles of range between charges. For those who want to go farther, there’s also a larger battery pack available. The 2018 Volvo XC60 was revealed today in Stockholm and will go on sale across Europe in January. U.S. availability has not yet been announced but we do know an updated version of Volvo’s SPA2 platform, which underpins its larger SUVs, will make its way across several models by model 2022.
For customers in Europe, however, Volvo already offers a hybrid version of its popular SUV. The 2019 Volvo XC60 T8 is a plug-in hybrid that has a larger battery than its S90 and V90 siblings. The additional capacity allows it to go 400 miles on electricity alone—twice as far as the Volt’s 200-mile EPA range—or drive nearly 600 miles when using both fuel and electrons. Its Twin Engine setup uses an electric motor rated at 136 horsepower and an internal combustion engine (ICE) producing 302 hp.
For years, electric cars have had ranges measured in dozens of miles. As battery technology and charging infrastructure improves, those ranges are increasing. The new Volvo XC60 T8 model boasts a 400-mile range, but just how far can you go on one charge? We take a look at how and where you could drive with such a large range in real-world conditions and what effect that distance might have on your daily life.
Volvo’s main objective with releasing a car like the new Rechargeable is to give people an idea of what’s coming in future Volvo cars. The Rechargeable will be released around 2023, so you should try it out for yourself when it finally hits showrooms. Buyers can opt to either recharge or refuel their car depending on their preferences. For example, people who live within 300 miles of a charging station may prefer to use an electric charging cord while those that are further away from a charging station may want to rely on fuel stations instead.