Volvo racing towards smart mobility in India with hybrid models

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New Delhi: The Swedish car maker Volvo is set to add next-gen mobility solution in India with its plug-in hybrid cars assembled in Bengaluru plant that is ready for roll out by the next month.

Following a top down approach, Volvo XC 90 is going to be the first PHEV model to hit the Indian roads, to be followed by three other models during next three years; Volvo Car India Managing Director Charles Frump told reporters in Delhi.

A plug-in hybrid car, also known as a PHEV is a car that uses both a conventional combustion engine and a battery-powered electric motor to provide power to the wheels.

Volvo Cars is currently using Lithium-ion battery packs in its Twin Engine cars. The battery is designed to last the lifetime of the car.

In its commitment towards environment and electrified future, Volvo car plans to slowly phase-out conventional power trains and focuses only on electrification.

The Volvo car MD says, “The localization of plug-in hybrids marks the future of electrification for us. Our customers are increasingly becoming aware about the rise in pollution levels and degrading environment.

As a responsible luxury car company, we believe electrification is the future. However till the time we have a supporting infrastructure, plug-in hybrids offer the intermediate solution, he added.

The press briefing about hybrid model was done here at the Swedish Embassy in presence of Sweden’s Ambassador to India Mr Klas Molin.

J P GUPTA for SG

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