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It’s Electrifying!

Volvo is always striving to be at the forefront. While they are already known for their giant leaps in safety, they’re looking to be leaders in quite a few different aspects. 2025’s focus? Electrified vehicles– one-million of them.

In its 2015 Sustainability Report, Volvo has outlined its goals to have one-million electrified cars by 2025 (alongside its goal to: impose climate neutral operations by 2025, move forward to zero deaths and serious injury in a Volvo by 2020, have 35% of its leading positions held by women by 2020, and to work with international partners to advocate sustainability). Among the one-million electrified cars, they are pledging to have a fully electric vehicle by 2019 (not too long from now).

In efforts to fulfill the one-million electrified vehicles, Volvo is looking to offer two hybrid versions of each model, and has been working on the readying process for the past five years with two newly developed vehicle architectures (Scalable Product Architecture and Compact Modular Architecture) that can integrate hybrid or electric car technology.

“The new commitment has been christened ‘omtanke’, which is a Swedish word that means ‘consideration’ or ‘caring’.”

Volvo’s commitment to sustainability reaches beyond the wheel, and into our everyday lives– they are working to reduce the negative impact of the business to bring positive change from improved environmental impact and social growth as a company, and within society.

Volvo currently offers the XC90 T8, which is the plug-in hybrid version of the award-winning luxurious 2016 XC90.

Check out our inventory of XC90’s below.



Source: Volvo Cars Announces New Target of 1 Million Electrified Cars Sold by 2025

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Hybrid Showdown: Volvo vs. BMW

Put head to head, Volvo outranked the BMW over and over…and over again. Sorry BMW, drivers don’t have the time for “inconsistent” and “strained.” In a slowly growing niche of vehicles, the Hybrid SUV, the XC90 T8 is proving to be the best of the best.

The look and feel of the XC90 T8 alone leaves the BMW X6 40e in the shadows. But what happens when you put them to the test? The XC90 stands its ground.

Pushing 300 bhp, (over the BMW’s 242bhp) we question its ability to stand up to its real hybrid appeal. The XC90 is the economical choice for you wallet, time, and mother nature.

As a DMV commuter, traffic has become a part of and sometimes dictates, our everyday lives. Crucial in our commuter-centric world, the XC90 bested the BMW’s 34.9mpg by almost 10 miles per gallon. And even after the battery has taken a toll, and is well depleted the Volvo still goes farther (with a more responsive powerful feel) than its German counterpart. Not to mention, after the battery, the Volvo is running in the 30’s while BMW is falls just below. (You see the pattern here?)

“The XC90 is, quite plainly, the more appealing product.”

What about space? Volvo has managed to finesse the on board drive battery in a way that allows to keep its seven passenger space, while the BMW only has room for five.

And If none of that was at all convincing, consider this– with the XC90 in your driveway you can sleep soundly knowing that its CO2 emissions falls significantly below the BMW’s 78g/km of CO2.

 

Here’s how the two stack up:

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THE 2016 BMW X5 eDrive
MSRP: $62,100
Engine 4 Cylinder Turbocharged + Electric Motor
Battery 9kWh lithium-ion
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Body Style Standard Sport Utility Vehicle
Fuel Economy 83 MPG (combined)
CO2 Emissions 78g/km
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic
THE 2016 Volvo XC90 T8
MSRP: $68,100
Engine 4 Cyclinder Turbo/Supercharged + Electric Motor
Battery 9kWh lithium-ion
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 7
Body Style Standard Sport Utility Vehicle
Fuel Economy 134.5 MPG (combined)
CO2 Emissions 49g/km
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic

Don Beyer Volvo has the Largest XC90 inventory in-stock in the Mid-Atlantic. Select yours today.

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Source: autocar.co.uk

It’s Electric! The First Volvo Hybrid is Coming Soon!

The XC90 T6 has yet to arrive in our showroom and Volvo is already announcing the debut of what will be the most exciting hybrid vehicle offered, the all-new Volvo XC90 T8.  This will be the only seven passenger plug-in vehicle on the market when it is released later this year.  It has all of the ground breaking standard technology on the T6 model plus the ability to run the vehicle in three distinct modes of operation.

It is a default “hybrid” alternating between the gas driven Drive-E engine and the new electric motor on the rear axle.  It is also able to be driven as a “pure electric” car without engaging the gas engine at all.  With the high-voltage battery fully charged, it will have an estimated range of 17 miles using just electricity with zero emissions.

If you thought that was exciting, wait until you drive the T8 in the “power mode.”  What has made our humble all-electric competition become the aspiration vehicles they are today from the enviro-boxes of the past is the realization that electric motors are more about performance than economy.  Off the line, you have instant torque curve and superior response from the rear-wheel driven electric power plant while the combustion engine gets up to speed.   This combination of two power plants gives you the benefits of large displacement engine performance without the inefficiency.

Now that you understand more about the plug-in hybrid, let me plug the plug!  This is another world’s first in automotive technology: a dual voltage (110v/220v) charging cable!  You can plug in anywhere, not just at a special charging station.  Edison and Tesla would approve.

You get all the benefits of electrification without any of the negatives, those being loss of cabin space, loss of versatility, and the need to be tethered within range of a charging station as in our competition.

If you are looking to experience what the all-new XC90 has to offer, you will be able to do so this Spring at Don Beyer Volvo.  Slide in today to learn more.