Volvo’s Recharge powertrain has received a significant upgrade. The new improvements add more range, better performance and driving dynamics, and also makes the Recharge models eligible for the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit. The new hybrid powertrain will be made available on the Volvo S60 Recharge, Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered, Volvo XC60 Recharge, Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered, Volvo S90 Recharge, and the Volvo XC90 Recharge models.

A newer and improved version of the Recharge plug-in hybrid powertrain for the 60 and 90 Series of Volvo Cars will be made available soon. The improved powertrain promises a longer all-electric driving range, more performance, better drivability, and reduced carbon dioxide emissions as well. Existing customer research showed that Volvo’s plug-in hybrid models were driven in EV mode for around half the time already, and the new changes will help increase the recognition of these hybrid models as ‘part-time electric cars’.

The changes have also bought about an important development- the Recharge T8 models now qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit as well. The models that get the improved hybrid powertrain are the Volvo S60 Recharge, Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered, Volvo XC60 Recharge, Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered, Volvo S90 Recharge, and the Volvo XC90 Recharge. All these vehicles are based on the Scalable Product Architecture platform.

The electric motor now outputs 143 hp, which is 56 hp more than the previous 87 hp motor. This has helped the T8 powertrain achieve a maximum combined power output of 455 hp. The Recharge T8 AWD plug-in hybrid powertrain also comes with changes to its long-range battery, with the usage of the third layer of cells that helps increase the battery’s nominal energy from 11.6 kWh to 18.8 kWh.

On the Volvo XC60 and the S90 cars initially, Volvo has added the one-pedal drive capability as well. The changes to the motor have helped output more power at the rear wheels by an additional 65% of the previous output. This has directly affected the overall performance of the Volvo cars, improving it in all sorts of ways. The three-layer battery with the increased nominal energy has also helped optimize the all-wheel-drive capability on the vehicles.


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This improved drivetrain capability will surely help Volvo Recharge owners drive the car at low speeds on slippery surfaces or when towing something at the back. Both situations demand increased traction and stability which the motor now helps to provide. During extremely cold weather conditions or extremely hot weather conditions, the car can be pre-cooled or pre-heated remote via the Volvo Cars app without affecting the electric driving range.

In terms of range, the new powertrain in the above-mentioned Recharge models delivers an all-electric only EPA-estimated range of 34 miles to 41 miles on a full charge depending on the model considered. The S60 and V60 models offer the maximum 41 miles range, whereas the XC90 Recharge, the XC60 Recharge and Polestar Engineered models offer the least range of 35 miles. The S90 Recharge has a range of 38 miles.

The increased range can help most daily drivers reduce the dependency on gasoline that is required to travel at least from home to the workplace and vice-versa. If needed, the vehicles can be charged at the owner’s house or the place of work. The one pedal capability that we mentioned earlier is already used on all-electric Volvo vehicles. This pedal allows the driver to accelerate and decelerate the car using that one pedal itself.

Anders Gustafsson, the President, and CEO of Volvo Cars USA said that a plug-in hybrid makes for the first experience for many customers shifting towards electric mobility, and the new upgrades will help the customers realize the benefits of an electric future. He also added that the upgrades will serve as a stepping stone in the journey towards complete electrification.


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