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Volvo XC60 SUV now available as either a plug-in or mild hybrid

Volvo XC60 PHEV

Volvo’s XC60 SUV range is now available as either a mild hybrid or as a plug-in hybrid after the manufacturer revised its powertrain options.

The mild hybrid technology is available on its 2.0-litre petrol and diesel models, and features a 48-volt battery and a KERS kinetic energy recovery system to increase efficiency.

This mild hybrid set-up can be combined with front-wheel or all-wheel drive in the 197PS B4 diesel and 250PS B5 petrol.

The 235PS B5 diesel and 300hp B6 petrol mild-hybrids are offered exclusively with all-wheel drive.

XC60 is also available with three PHEV options, each combining a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that drives the front wheels and an electric more that powers the rear. They all have an 11.6kWh high voltage battery than can be completely recharged in two-and-a-half hours.

The entry-level PHEV is the Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T6, which has 340PS and can travel up to 32 miles on electricity alone. It has WLTP combined fuel economy up to 113mpg and CO2 emissions from 55g/km, putting it in the 14% benefit-in-kind tax band.

Above this is the 390PS Recharge Plug-in, with the 405PS Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T8 Polestar Engineers, which has a series of powertrain, suspension and brake upgrades.

XC60 prices start from £40,460 on the road.

In the coming years Volvo Cars aims to establish itself as a leader in electrification and by 2025, it wants half of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars, with the rest hybrids.

Fleet News Awards + Commercial Fleet Awards 2021: Going virtual

The Fleet News Awards is moving to a new date for 2021.

Traditionally held in March, next year the awards night moves to June 29 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. It will also for the first time incorporate the Commercial Fleet Awards to create an unparalleled celebration that honours and recognises excellence across every part of the fleet sector.

Stephen Briers, editor-in-chief of Fleet News, said: “With the industry in turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic, we had a chance to reflect and review our awards proposition for 2021. While going virtual is an option, and one we are very excited about with our Fleet & Mobility Live show in November, we believe that an awards evening is also a networking evening and a chance to meet old friends and make new acquaintances in a relaxed environment.

“For many guests, it’s their industry highlight of the year. That’s why we decided to move the date to give us a better chance of being live at the Grosvenor House.”

Fleet News Awards 2021, incorporating Commercial Fleet Awards, will offer a unique opportunity to bring together the entire fleet sector to celebrate and honour the best people, companies and vehicles.

It is set to become the biggest and most important night in fleet. Further details about awards categories, judges and auditing will be released in January when Fleet News officially launches the Fleet News Awards 2021.

If you can’t wait until then, and want to know more, please email sandra.evitt@bauermedia.co.uk.

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