Volvo has unveiled an improved version of the Recharge hybrid powertrain for the 60 and 90 series models. As before, its foundation is a two-liter “four” with combined supercharging. However, the electric motor driving the rear wheels became more powerful, and the traction battery received a third layer of cells and increased the nominal capacity. As a result of improvements, the electric range has increased, as well as reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent.
The technical update will affect the models with the Recharge T6 and Recharge T8 nameplates. These are plug-in hybrids, powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine with a supercharger drive and an electric motor that drives the rear axle. The improved power plant increases the output of the latter from 87 to 145 horsepower, and also implies the use of a new battery, the nominal capacity of which, thanks to the third layer of cells, has been increased from 11.6 to 18.8 kilowatt-hours.
After the modifications, the total power of the Recharge T6 will be 350 forces (it was 341 hp), the Recharge T8 – 450 (was 407 hp). But for Volvo it is much more important that on a single charge the cars will be able to cover not over 70 kilometers, but all 90, plus they will emit 50 percent less CO ?. “It’s 2021 now, and people no longer need gasoline or diesel for regular travel,” says Henrik Green, chief technologist at Volvo. “Our latest hybrids offer an electric range that will be sufficient for most drivers.”
In addition, a larger battery will be useful in colder months when the car needs to be warmed up more often. And a more powerful electric motor will provide better grip on slippery roads, when driving at low speeds or when towing a trailer. All older models on the SPA platform will receive the new power plant: S60, V60, XC60, S90, V90 and XC90. In addition, the XC60, S90 and V90 Recharge will feature single-pedal travel, similar to EVs.