Volvo pride themselves on leading by example to be part of the sustainable picture by having 50% of their new cars fully electric by 2025. We are pleased to be offering the first hybrid models from this impressive Swedish manufacturer to help them achieve their goal, and also ensure that you have the finest selection of models to choose from.
Currently, you can get your hands on the XC40 with a T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid and the XC90, which comes with a T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid and a ‘B’ mild-hybrid system. A mild-hybrid is made up of a traditional combustion engine that’s supported by a small electric motor, which is charged through regenerative braking to become more fuel efficient and produce lower emissions – put simply, this combustion engine has been optimised like never before. In addition to this, the pure electric XC40 will be available in late 2020 for you to further enhance your time on the road.
To find out more about either of these models, or register your interest in the upcoming electric model, please get in touch with a member of our helpful and friendly team at your local Johnsons Volvo today. They’ll be able to assist you with any questions you may have and book you in for a test drive at a time to suit you.
Plug-in Hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) offer many of the benefits of electric vehicles without the limitation of range you'd normally face. They have a large battery and powerful electric motor capable of powering the vehicle for short to medium length journeys (range varies by model) but then when you need to go further or put down more power, you have the support of traditional combustion engine. The vehicle can even use these two powertrains together, coming the horsepower of each, or at least reducing the emissions when the combustion engine is in use.
In contrast to a 'normal' self-charging Hybrid, these vehicles generally have larger batteries and motors, meaning more range and power from the electric only mode. While they can self-charge through power generated by the engine or recovered through braking, to support this larger battery, the vehicles can be charged via a home- or public-charging point.
The entire new Volvo range is available as a plug-in hybrid, meaning you don't have to make sacrifices when switching to these electrified models.
For those not quite ready to take the jump to a vehicle 'with a plug', a mild-hybrid is a good option. Like any other Hybrid, Mild Hybrids have an electric motor and battery as well as a combustion engine. The battery is self-charging meaning it is charged by the engine and during braking. However, the motor and battery in these cars are relatively small. This means that they can't run on electric power alone, but instead the motor assists the engine during acceleration and so the drive doesn't feel too dissimilar to a typical traditional combustion engine. Additionally, the with a larger battery, compared to traditional combustion vehicles, the Start Stop and other power consuming features of the car can run for longer without the support from the engine.
Most of our new Volvo cars are available as Mild Hybrids which have a B badge (such as B4) comparted to the T and D badge.
As the name of this category would suggest, these vehicles take it a step further than Plug-in Hybrids and remove the combustion engine entirely. The benefit of this is the vehicles output no emissions and the power and range of the vehicles is greater, thanks to the larger battery and more powerful motor. The ranges of these cars vary by model, but modern electric vehicles have plenty of range for most users. The battery can be charged via a public- or home charge-point at a fraction of the cost of filling a fuel tank in a conventional vehicle.
The first electric vehicle in the Volvo range, the XC40, will be joining us soon but with high demand we suggest getting your orders in early.