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Sold out 2013 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid rockets towards finals of 2013 World Green Car Award

The Volvo V60 has a powerful and unusual green car drive system. It may win a green car award, but if you can’t have one, what is the point?

The 2013 Volvo V60 Plug-in hybrid (PIH) electric vehicle is one of three remaining candidates for the “2013 World Green Car of the Year Award.” This award is presented at the New York Auto Show. The panelists that select the car are 66 automotive journalists from 23 countries. The Volvo has a couple of unique aspects that will make it a very interesting winner, should it take first prize.

What makes the 2013 Volvo V60 Plug in Hybrid so unique is that it is a diesel hybrid. A quick glance at any news story or opinion piece on the topic shows that many (who should know better) ask why there are not more diesel-hybrid cars. The answer in short-form is that the beneficial aspects of a diesel motor, and the beneficial aspects of a hybrid drive system, generally overlap one another. The overlap is not perfect, meaning there is more to gain from a combination of both than either one individually in terms of energy efficiency. However, diesel and hybrid drive systems come with a significant cost penalty in comparison to a gasoline powered car. In other words, car companies can build a diesel hybrid, but the result is a very expensive vehicle that does not get much better mileage than a gas hybrid.


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