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“We are confident that the future of the automotive industry is electric”

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Martin Persson, President and CEO, Volvo Car Russia

An interesting event took place at Volvo Car Russia the other day - the presentation of the new Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine. This press conference was less about the car itself than about a deeper discussion and thorough munching of the company's electric future.

No, of course, the prices for the "novelty" were announced and even told about its technical feature, about safety. Yet more emphasis has been placed on electrifying the brand and caring for the planet.

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It became known that Volvo plans to be climate neutral by 2040 so that production does not harm the environment. By this time, it is planned to reduce carbon emissions to 0, and by 2025, to reduce them by 40%.

All over the world, the Volvo brand is synonymous with safety. Indeed, it was they, in 1959, who presented the world with a three-point seat belt, which saved many lives on the entire planet.

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In addition, the company's engineers are constantly developing new systems that help to exclude getting into accidents or to minimize their consequences. But now, the people of Volvovo want the phrase “Caring for the Planet” to become another synonym for the company.

As for the model range, the Swedes back in 2017, the first among all global manufacturers, announced the electrification of their models. Already this year, we can safely say that Volvo has a full line of plug-in hybrid vehicles

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To meet the target by 2025, Volvo plans half of its sales on electric vehicles, with plug-in and mild hybrids accounting for the other half. But this can be planned in Europe, for example, or in the United States of America. The Russian market is not yet ready for such electrification. Our compatriots hardly perceive the company's transition to 2-liter units and fondly remember the three-liter engines, as well as V-shaped eights.

But even for such a capricious market as the Russian one, Volvo has its own plans.

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“This is a difficult market for us, but at the same time we are demonstrating positive dynamics. Two drivers of our sales growth are the XC40 and XC60 models,” says Martin Persson. “We believe that plug-in hybrids are the ideal solution for the Russian market, as they combine the advantages of a car with an internal combustion engine and an electric car. Every year we will present at least one electrified car on the Russian market. "

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It is worth noting that so far Volvo is clearly going according to plan, since last year they presented the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine SUV, which can be charged from a regular outlet, and this year they showed the hybrid XC60.

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The car will appear at dealers only in February 2020, and now you can order it and be among the first. For those who purchase a hybrid XC90 or XC60 before April 2020, the company gives a year of electricity to recharge the car. Thus, they want to encourage their customers to use the electric driving mode.

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The new crossover will be available in two versions: Inscription and R-design. The cost of each exceeds 5 million rubles and is estimated at 5,379,000 rubles. and 5,499,000 rubles. respectively.

The Volvo XC60 with the T6 engine in Inscription and R-design is now offered from 4,179,000 and 4,299,000 respectively, which is 1,200,000 less than the hybrid version in the same trim levels. Does the battery alone make such a difference in price? Of course not.

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Semi-electric cars have become and more powerful by almost 90 hp. The total power of the traditional internal combustion engine (T6) and electric is 407 hp. and 640 Nm. For example, the tax will be calculated only from 320 forces - this is exactly the “herd” that the T6 gasoline engine possesses, and the additional 87 electric forces are not taxed.

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As a result, we get a more powerful car with an acceleration of 5.3 seconds, with lower fuel consumption, lower emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere, small savings in payments to the state treasury and the ability to drive only on electricity. A good set turns out.

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By the way, with regards to the electric mode. The manufacturer says that with only one battery, you can drive a distance of 40 km. I remember how a year ago I tested the Volvo XC90 with the T8 marking, and the maximum that I managed to drive on electric traction was 35 km. How much mileage you can overcome is influenced not only by the driving style, but also by the temperature outside. Extreme heat or cold will force the battery to spend resources maintaining its vitality in the first place.

What you shouldn't worry about is safety. And now I'm not talking about the car as a whole, with this, and so everything is clear. I'm talking about that very battery and its location.

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The fact is that these models were originally designed for electricity, so the battery is already integrated into the tunnel of the car and is connected to the stiffeners in this part of the car: all deformation is distributed between the body and the battery. It is impossible to get acid or electrical injury from it. And with any damage to it or damage to the wires suitable for it, the electricity is completely turned off. Well, unlike most competitive hybrids, Volvo owners do not lose liters in the luggage compartment - the spare wheel also fits under the floor. Nice bonus.

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Battery life is 10 years or 240,000 km. 5-year warranty, 100,000 km of run, 65% capacity. The calculated battery cycle is also available - this is 15 years with a mileage of 20,000 km / year. According to Volvo, after this period, the battery capacity will decrease by only 30%.

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Otherwise, it's the same XC60 - reliable, cozy and comfortable.

Thanks for your attention.

Text - 3axapoV, photo - StasR / 3axapoV