• kamera stative Posted: 10/24/2009 12:03am PDT

    This will be quite interesting to have it on the road because it can be quite useful for the future perspective. I am looking forward to read the review of it when launched.

  • Plug It In (x) 2 Posted: 9/28/2009 3:18pm PDT

    Does anyone get reminded of the Glade commercials with all the plug-in hype? Also, does anyone want a car that takes 10 fridges' worth of juice? I'm out of breakers on my house panel as it is.

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 9/27/2009 7:30am PDT

    I doubt that this vehicle will come to the States, at least initially. Volvo doesn't sell diesels here, and the combination of a hybrid plus a diesel from a maker not known for either would be a pretty big hurdle in the marketplace.
    These cars may also be quite low-volume, perhaps in the hundreds or low thousands. Among other things, Volvo is likely to lose substantial money on each one, given the cost of battery packs from 2012 to 2015 or so.
    The carmaker with the most experience in diesel hybrid development is Peugeot (which of course doesn't sell here either):
    http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/1034372_peugeot-to-show-first-production-diesel-hybrid-for-europe-only

  • Lee Posted: 9/27/2009 1:23am PDT

    I'm a little surprised to see a conservative company like Volvo also going for the EV trend.

  • carguy Posted: 9/25/2009 4:38pm PDT

    Diesel??? get a greip folks- dont waste your R&D perhaps you are being sold!!!

  • greedo Posted: 9/25/2009 12:32pm PDT

    Edward-
    Why the doubt? They're basically saying they're going to make a Prius-type hybrid with an outlet on it that goes 30mi on electric alone (which is no doubt a best-case scenario). Hardly anything ground-breaking.
    As for why diesel on a hybrid for Volvo? Because Americans have proven they're cheap when it comes to any kind of fuel-saving tech except for hybrids, where they'll spend ridiculous amounts of money for almost no benefit (see Lexus's GS and LS hybrids for an example).

  • Edward Posted: 9/25/2009 11:56am PDT

    I'll believe it when I see it. If Volvo's been balking to bring diesel to the U.S. for so many years in the rest of its cars, why would it finally happen on a hybrid?

  • vvo Posted: 9/25/2009 11:41am PDT

    This is great. This will also probably be the safest plugin on the road given Volvos reputation.