Volvo's new XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid is a red hot green car

Volvo makes a scorching foray into plug-in hybrids

Volvo's new XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid is spacious and comfortable. Charging its lithium-ion battery pack by an external electrical source increases its efficiency.
Volvo's new XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid is spacious and comfortable. Charging its lithium-ion battery pack by an external electrical source increases its efficiency.ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Volvo's new XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid is spacious and comfortable. Charging its lithium-ion battery pack by an external electrical source increases its efficiency.
Volvo's new XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid is spacious and comfortable. Charging its lithium-ion battery pack by an external electrical source increases its efficiency.ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Volvo's new XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid is spacious and comfortable. Charging its lithium-ion battery pack by an external electrical source increases its efficiency.
Volvo's new XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid is spacious and comfortable. Charging its lithium-ion battery pack by an external electrical source increases its efficiency.ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Hybrids are usually a compromise, simply because they carry the weight of two powertrains.

As such, they are programmed to conserve energy (both fuel and electricity), even though many will allow short bursts when both engine and electric motor work in unison.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 01, 2020, with the headline 'Red hot green car'. Subscribe