Volvo has announced the production of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid that was unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. When it goes on sale in 2012, it will be the first diesel plug-in hybrid available to buyers. The technology used by the V60 Plug-in Hybrid was sourced from a partnership between Volvo and Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall.
The V60 Plug-in hybrid is powered by a 2.4L five-cylinder diesel engine tied to an electric motor energized by a 12kWh lithium-ion battery. The diesel engine powers the front wheels, while the electric motor tackles the rear wheels. The system provides this Volvo an overall driving range of 746 miles.
The driver will have three driving modes to choose from: A “Pure” mode for electric-only driving for a range of about 31 miles; a “Hybrid” mode that combines both motors with an emphasis on low fuel consumption; and a “Power” mode for — you guessed it — more spirited, performance-oriented driving.
Pricing details for the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid have yet to be released.
Tesla Ends Referral Program To Cut Costs, Improve Profits
The incentives add “too much cost” to the cars, especially the Model 3.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company’s referral program, which entices buyers with a series of unique incentives that helped drive sales, will come to an end on Feb 1, 2019.
The program allows owners to give friends six to nine free months of Supercharging with the purchase of a new Model 3, Model S, or Model X. Owners receive a laser-etched photo of themselves launched into deep space for their first referral, a signed wall connector or a miniature Model S for their kids for the second referral, and special wheels for their third.
Tesla decided to end the referral program because it was “adding too much cost to the cars, especially Model 3.”
Musk has told employees that the Model 3 still costs at least $38,000 to build, requiring significant reductions to make a profit on the upcoming bare-bones base model, which will have a starting price of $35,000 in the U.S.
Ford Is Making fully Electric F-150 Pickup Truck
The company is aiming to ‘futureproof’ its best-selling vehicle.
Ford has confirmed that it’s working on an all-fully electric F-150 pickup in preparation for the auto industry’s impeding shift towards battery power.
The F-Series was the United States’ best-selling truck in 2018, the 42nd consecutive year it’s held that title, and the most popular vehicle of any kind for the 35th straight year. However, with an increasingly-threatening Tesla very enthusiastic about building an all-electric pickup and several new upstarts like Rivian fielding similar projects, Ford is no longer only contending with General Motors and FCA in the segment. It can’t afford to rest on its laurels.
“We’re going to be electrifying the F-Series — battery electric and hybrid,” Jim Farley, the company’s president of global markets, said, acknowledging that a pure battery-powered variant is necessary to “futureproof” the model’s success.
Not long before this revelation, Ford and Volkswagen announced an automotive alliance that has the development of midsize pickups as a focal point. The German automaker has made it well known its intention to dominate the EV boom; its relative expertise in electrification could spill over to the the F-150.
What you think about the idea of an all-electric Ford F-150? Yay or nay?
This Crossover Concept Previews Cadillac’s First-Ever EV
It came out of nowhere and shocked the Detroit Auto Show.
Cadillac followed up the unveiling of the Cadillac XT6 large crossover with a preview of its first-ever all-electric vehicle.
Taking the form of premium electric crossover, the concept is striking and likely also hints at the brand’s future design direction.
“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”
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The surprising reveal comes not long after General Motors announced that Cadillac will lead its electric vehicle strategy, effectively making it the automaker’s Tesla-fighter. Specific details such as power or features aren’t known, nor do we have a definitive timetable as to when the production model will be ready, but it will be the first GM vehicle to be built on the company’s forthcoming dedicated EV platform and should offer level 4 autonomous capabilities at the least.
In essence, not only will the vehicle be Cadillac’s first step into the EV world, but it will also push it deeper into the autonomous realm.