Volvo has launched twin engine technology that performs on clean proficiency for their SUV cars.
The XC90 T8 is the first Volvo, designed from the ground up for plug-in/electrification compatibility, with lowest emission levels.
The 7-seater SUV delivers 400hp/640Nm combined with ultra-low emissions of 59g/km (TBC).
The 8-speed automatic gearbox has been adapted for the hybrid and its shift-by-wire technology allows drivers to control the transmission electrically.
Besides, the Drive- E -engine, a modified version of the 4-cylinder Drive-E petrol engine is enhanced by a supercharger and a turbocharger for a total power output of 318hp and 400Nm torque.
The crankshaft-mounted starter generator (CISG) allows the car to go from pure electric drive to combination combustion drive fluently, making the petrol engine and electric motor feel like one unit.
Moreover, CISG is an electric generator and acts as an electric engine booster, working with the supercharger and turbocharger when extra power is needed, providing up to 150 Nm of extra torque.
According to the company officials, the XC90 T8 is a plug-in electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car rolled into one.
In the hybrid mode, the vehicle will automatically alternate between drawing power from the 2-litre, 4-cylinder Drive-E engine and the electric motor to deliver the needed overall fuel consumption.
In pure electric mode, the high-voltage battery gets fully charged, powering the electric motor over the rear axle.
The XC90 T8 has a range of up to 25 miles using just electricity, which covers the total distance covered in one day.
In power mode, the drivers get the combined performance of the combustion engine and the electric motor.
On start-up, the SUV takes advantage of the electric motor’s response and instant torque curve, while the combustion engine gets up to speed, offering better torque at lower revs.
The AWD mode offers constant all-wheel drive on demand and on manual selection the driver can either use it when needed or save energy for later.
If the battery is charged, the save mode allows the driver to “freeze” the battery level and save it for later use with Pure Electric drive.
On the other hand, if the battery is low, the driver can use the combustion engine to charge the battery to a certain level for later use with Pure Electric drive.