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Published on February 20th, 2016 | by James Ayre


Plug-In Hybrid Volvo V90 Wagon Is Volvo’s 3rd T8

February 20th, 2016 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

The Volvo V90 wagon plug-in hybrid — a new sibling to the S90 sedan and the XC90 SUV — was recently unveiled in the Swedish capital of Stockholm.

The reason that the 3 vehicles mentioned above are “siblings” (as the “90 Series”) is that they are all based on the “company’s specially-designed and fully modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).” All 3 models are offered as variants featuring the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain.

Volvo V90

The Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Cars, Dr Peter Mertens, commented: “We have a very strong offer in the V90. Our PowerPulse technology is designed to deliver a distinct performance boost to our diesel engine, while the T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid will deliver around 410 hp (horsepower) and a pure electric range of around 50 kilometers.”

Green Car Congress provides more info:

The 34 kW, 150 N·m water-cooled Crank-Integrated Starter Generator (C-ISG) starts the engine, charges the battery and can also support the combustion engine with electric boost power. The electric rear axle drive propels the vehicle in electric mode and provides electric boost torque and power during acceleration, as well as performing brake energy recuperation. The rear drive utilizes a 65 kW peak, 240 N·m peak electric machine with a water-cooled stator.

The 96-cell, 9.2 kWh (nominal) battery pack is built with Lithium Manganese Oxide – Nickel Manganese Cobalt/Graphite Li-ion cells.

In the T8 Twin Engine variant, paddles shifters enable downshifting. This variant has a unique engine-braking mode. The maximum torque level is also increased to enable better use of the C-ISG for performance boosting purposes.

The new model also possesses some new semi-autonomous drive options — featuring, amongst other things, large-animal detection and “run-off road mitigation.”

An interesting note to make here, Volvo sales have been rising in recent years — with the company passing the 500,000 mark for the first time in 2015. 2016 is expected to be a record year for the company as well, going by comments made recently by the company’s CEO, Håkan Samuelsson.

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  • ROBwithaB

    Car looks quite pleasant in a dentist/accountant kinda way.
    Battery looks a bit small, though.

  • JeffJL

    Only a 9.2kWh battery. In 2016 any car that comes out with a battery size under 30kWh should be called an ICE vehicle.

    • tmac1

      Jeff my thoughts exactly
      Give us 50 miles at least of EV

  • JamesWimberley

    These Swiss Army Knife hybrid cars are fantastically complicated. Give them another five years before they look as retro as Hummers.

    • Jenny Sommer

      What will have changed in 5 years?

      • Frank

        The price of batteries making the all electric powertrains more cost effective.

        • Jenny Sommer

          10 years maybe.
          Charging will still be slow, people will demand Hybrids or range extenders.
          Trucks will just start going Hybrid in that timeframe.

          • Frank

            Tesla charges fast enough for me now. It just costs too much. They are introducing the model 3 for $35k next month, and production next year. I would be shocked if the charging was slow. BTW, last I heard, the average selling price of a new car in the US was $32k. By 2020, there will be used ones for sale, and a lot more superchargers to charge them at.

            Oh, and there is a new SAE 150kw charging standard. Don’t know how long before somebody builds a car and a charger to charge it at.

            I think if Tesla starts selling a half a million cars a year, others will finally have the great idea that Tesla had back before 2010.

          • Jenny Sommer

            It will take 40-50min for a full charge. 0.8 to 1.2C just like the Model S.
            That’s 80-100min Autobahn and then 40min charging.
            Good enough for me but the car is too small.
            Most people don’t have access to home charging.
            I am not yet convinced that pure BEVs will really get mainstream that fast.

          • Frank

            Tesla only made one vehicle last year in ant volume. It was the top selling car in it’s segment. I think that makes it mainstream in that segment. They have a second model built, and a third one on the way. So from a total numbers perspective, you are right, but from a “what is standing in the way” perspective, are we talking Tesla is too small, batteries are a little too pricey still but dropping, and the big auto makers are dragging their feet?

            I think Tesla selling 50k cars makes other car makers uneasy. Selling a half a million by 2020 is going to make them have Kodak nightmares.

          • Jenny Sommer

            500k by 2020 in a growing market? There is competition ahead. Volume and cheaper cars won’t make it much easier for Tesla.
            I am not yet sure if a longterm investment in Tesla would be a good idea at this point.
            It’s quite a gamble.
            Tesla is quite lucky that the major car makers are dragging their feet. Imagine if Mercedes had an all electric S-class in 2013 (they had one but not a sedan).
            The good Model S sales are nice but also fueled by incentives. The 180% cost advantage over the competition in Denmark where they sold so many cars are also quite helpful.
            A good part of the buyers would not have bought an ICE car in that segment otherwise.
            It’s a great result but nothing that wouldn’t let me doubt that this can’t change.
            I will now stop talking about that or some posters will accuse me again of what not.

            Disclaimer. I don’t care what happens to Audi, VAG, BMW or MB. Just trying some reasonable analysis to see for myself how this might play out in real life.

          • Bob_Wallace

            Battery prices will be low enough for EVs to reach purchase price equity with ICEVs soon. Likely by 2020. And then the price will drop lower. People are not going to pay extra for a car that costs more per mile to drive. Especially if the less expensive cars a nicer to drive (quieter, smoother ride), have better acceleration and need less maintenance.

            IMO, from 2020 on the percentage of EV sales will be mostly determined by availability. I expect that pretty much all major car manufacturers will have long range EVs for sale by 2020 or almost ready to sell. For the non-Tesla brands the problem of rapid charging will have a solution. The question that most will be asking is how many more years will ICEVs make up 20% of cars manufactured.

            Is Tesla a good bet for the future? I can’t see how they fail. They’ve got a major head start on almost all other car manufacturers. Only BYD and Nissan are serious EV manufacturers at this point in time. GM might be joining the small group. Nissan and GM have not developed the battery supply needed. And no one except Tesla has produced a rapid charging infrastructure.

            I suspect Tesla will be producing around 500,000 EVs by 2020 and expect they can ramp up to a million per year by roughly 2025. That would put them in the top 20 car makers in terms of annual production. There are several well known brands outside the top 20.

            Will Tesla ever vie for the top three? That is less likely. The really large manufacturers have the capacity in place right now to produce millions of cars. At some point (again, IMO) every company will be a serious EV manufacturing and companies that already have manufacturing capacity in place have a huge advantage.

          • Jenny Sommer

            Bob, I found a rather dormant APP that would be fun for us to take over.
            It’s called “sage” and you can make predictions there. Only 3 or so are taged with Tesla.
            You can only vote yes or no but detailed predictions could be added by comment.
            You can log in with Twitter. Zach could do some predictions with the cleantechnica Twitter account.
            Might also get some new visitors.

          • tmac1

            Dragging the feet indeed!
            For 20 years they have ignored this electric propulsion market!! Certainly the Scandinavian countries EV incentives helped TSLA flourish vs Tate high end ice offerings.
            In upcoming EV vs EV battle,
            Tesla motors has a few advantages including no nasty dealer experience , over the air updates , formidable boots on the ground advantage of Superchargers in place.
            The question for all of us to ponder is how long will they have those advantages !?!
            Should be fun I am excited

        • Jamset

          Batteries will be half price in 2020.

          Is half price cheap enough?

      • Ronald Brakels

        A parallel hybrid which sends power to the wheels from both an electric motor and an internal combustion is complex and therefore pricey. A series which only sends power to the wheels from an electric motor or motors is much simpler and therefore cheaper and more reliable. This might be what replaces parallel hybrids for people who are not happy with just batteries.

      • the hybrid is just bullshit. and in 5 years people will see it 🙂 cleen EV is the future.

    • Ronald Brakels

      Yoo dissing mah hummah? Why if I hadn’t lost my stipend from Riyadh for being President of the Manly Man Hummer Club, I’d be able to afford enough fuel to drive over and put you in your place.

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