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by Matt Brogan

In what seems to be the day for Hybrid news, Volvo has announced plans for a diesel hybrid system due for sale by 2012.

The hybrids, which will at first be sold in Europe and the United States, will first appear in large sedans, SUVs and crossovers due to the size of the technology therein.

Operating solely on battery power at lower speeds, the rear wheels are driven by an electric motor, while at higher speeds, a five-cylinder turbo diesel drives the front wheels (much the same as any FWD car), which can also be employed to take care of harder work as required (such as hill starts and towing).

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A plug-in variant is also in the pipeline and Volvo’s Magnus Jonsson says this technology will arrive “very quickly” after the initial hybrid and will use household current to recharge the battery eliminating the need for petroleum based fuel.




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