Mercedes Benz W123 Elektro Antrieb, 1982. An experimental W123 series Touring estate powered by a hybrid electric drive comprising a 41hp electric motor with a range of 100km and a 2-cylinder ‘range extender’ engine which could keep the car going for another 50km. The car was created in response to the 1979 fuel crisis however although engineers tested the prototype in 1982 and 1983 it presented too many setbacks and the project was shelved http://ranwhenparked.net/2013/01/08/a-look-at-the-1982-mercedes-benz-w123-plug-in-hybrid/
Koenigsegg Regera, 2015. The Swedish hybrid hypercar is powered by the combination of a 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 and three electric motors – one for each rear wheel and one on the crankshaft. The combined output is ranked at “over 1500Bhp” (1520hp) and “over 2000Nm” (1475 lb.ft) of torque. Eighty Regera’s are to be built in the next five to six years, each will cost $1.89 million (around £1.23m) before tax
Lamborghini Asterion, 2014. A “technological demonstrator” powered by a 5.2 litre V10 engine coupled to three electric motors, despite a positive reaction at its debut last year in Paris the Asterion seems unlikely to make production though its technology might
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Volvo Announces World's First Production Diesel Plug-In Hybrid
Volvo announced today that they will be unveiling the new V60 Plug-In Hybrid at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show.
Up front, the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid will have a 2.4 Liter five-cylinder turbodiesel engine that produces 215 HP and 320 ft/lb of torque.
Out back is where the Volvo wagon gets even more interesting. Making its debut in the V60 Plug-In Hybrid is a rear axle with what Volvo calls ERAD, or Electric Rear Axle Drive. ERAD features an electric motor that puts out an additional 70 HP from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
For those of you doing the counting that means that this Volvo V60 not only has AWD, but also 285 HP and a monstrous 467 ft/lb of torque.
The V60 Plug-In Hybrid gets even better. In order to appeal to a wider audience, the V60 Plug-In Hybrid features three new driving modes.
“Pure” is the Volvo’s electric only mode. On a full charge from your household electrical supply, the V60 Plug-In Hybrid will have a range of 32 miles, or about equivelant with the Chevrolet Volt.
“Hybrid” mode is fairly self-explanitory and it uses the diesel engine in conjunction with the ERAD system for more power and optimum fuel enconomy.
The most interesting mode is “Power.” This mode combines the two powerplants for optimum performance- allowing it to hustle from 0-62 MPH in a respectable 6.9 seconds.
Combining diesel and electric powertrains in a production automobile is frankly genious. Diesels are more efficient then gasoline engines and are perfect for applications where you’re trying to get optimum fuel economy- especially in a hybrid.
While there is no word yet on whether or not while be seeing the V60 Plug In Hybrid on our shores, it will be making its debut in Sweden next year.
UPDATE: According to the fine folks at Jalopnik.com, a source within Volvo said that it is highly unlikely we’ll be seeing the V60 Plug-In Hybrid on our shores, at least with a diesel. A non-diesel variant isn’t out of the question though.