The latest episode of Robert Llewellyn's plug-in-centric show Fully Charged has hit the Internet and this time 'round Llewellyn takes the diesel plug in-hybrid Volvo V60 for a spin.
The Europe-only V60 plug-in packs two distinct drivetrains that can operate separately or in tandem. Up front is a 2.4-liter five-cylinder turbodiesel with 215 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. Out back, a 70-horsepower electric motor with a 12-kWh lithium-ion battery pack spins the rear axle. At the touch of a button, the V60 can operate in Pure mode with a 32-mile electric-only range; in Hybrid mode emitting less than 50 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer with a 746-mile range; or in Power mode as a torquey machine with 472 lb-ft of twist. Unlike most plug-ins, this diesel-electric wagon is downright quick, with a 6.9-second sprint to 62 miles per hour.
So, what's the plug-in Volvo V60 like to drive? With nine-plus minutes of pure plug-in hybrid vehicle joy awaiting you after the jump, we'll stop beating around the bush and let Llewellyn take you on a wagon ride. We'll just admit that we're jealous.