In May, Volvo Car Group announced that it will nearly double production of its Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid, the world’s first diesel plug-in vehicle. The Swedish car manufacturer reports that it will produce 7,600 units of the car this year at its Torslando plant, and has set a goal to produce 10,000 units the following year.

The company’s decision to rev up production of the V60 Plug-In Hybrid takes place during a time of increasing demand for clean transportation in Europe—and for this particular hybrid vehicle. Volvo Car Group states that increased demand from countries such as Belgium, Italy, and Holland has played a central role in the company’s decision to increase production of the car.

Although the number of hybrid vehicles produced at the plant will jump from 150 units weekly to 282 units weekly—nearly doubling the number of hybrids produced there—the project will still be quite manageable for Volvo Car Group.

“Since the Plug-In Hybrid has been integrated into the established production flow together with other car models, we have the flexibility to quickly adapt to the increasing demand,” said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Volvo Car Group, commenting on the situation.


Volvo Car Group plans to rev up the production of its Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrids for countries like Belgium, Italy, and Holland. Pictured above is a 2014 Volvo V60 Plug-In. Credit: Volvo Car Group.

Like many hybrids, the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid is capable of running in three different modes: Pure, Hybrid, or Power. In Pure mode, during which the car is powered solely by its electric motor, the car has a range of up to 50 kilometers, or slightly more than 31 miles. The car also operates in Hybrid mode, during which the diesel engine and electric motor combine to achieve CO2 emissions of 48 g/km, and in Power mode, which provides the 285bph.

The Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid is the result of close cooperation between Volvo Car Group and the Swedish electricity supplier Vattenfall. The two companies have financed the development project jointly.

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