As it continues towards its electrification goals, Volvo Cars has upgraded and as well as developed new electrified powertrain options which will be made available across its entire model range in coming years.

Besides upgrading its existing T8 and T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrains, Volvo Cars will introduce a range of mild hybrids in the coming months, starting with diesel and petrol versions on the XC90 and XC60 SUV models.

New integrated powertrain
These mild hybrids offer Volvo’s advanced kinetic energy recovery braking system, coupled with its existing internal combustion engines to create a new integrated electrified powertrain, under its new ‘B’ badge.

This new powertrain, electrified via brake-by-wire energy recovery, is claimed to offer drivers up to 15% fuel savings and emission reductions in real-world driving. There’s also a new brake-by-wire system interacts with the energy recovery system and reduces fuel consumption and emissions by recovering kinetic energy under braking.

The new standard will be ‘B’
Production capacity has been adjusted so that up to 25% of total production can be Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars. In addition, the company expects its new ‘B’ badged powertrains to gradually become the new standard, moving it closer to its goal that by the middle of the next decade, all of its cars will be electrified.

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