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Volvo to Equip TurboCord Dual Portable Charger Standard on All XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrids



With the all-new Volvo XC90, the Swedish auto company will introduce the option of the world's first seven-passenger plug-in hybrid later this year. The 2016 XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid (also called the Twin Engine by Volvo) can be driven up to 43 kilometers on an electrical battery charge. Once the 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack's charge is depleted, the 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid's 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged engine provides a confident 320 horsepower. All models of the large premium crossovers are propelled through an all-wheel drive and equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

For its introduction, the 2016 XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid crossover vehicle will come with a special standard technology making faster battery charging possible. The Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine is billed as the first plug-in hybrid to include a standard 240-volt charger with the portable TurboCord dual charger system. TurboCord features the flexibility of 120-volt Level 1 and a 240-volt Level 2 vehicle charging apparatus.

Supplied by AeroVironment’s Efficient Energy Systems, the TurboCord dual charger is compatible with 240-volt household outlets sometimes found in garages. The advantage of the TurboCord's Level 2 charging capacity is astounding for electric vehicle enthusiasts. A depleted battery on the Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid crossover needs 7 hours to be completely replenished under 120-volt charging. Through 240-volt charging, the battery of the 2016 XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid requires just 2.5 hours. 

 




Most electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are included with a 120-volt built-in or portable charging unit. While 120-volt power outlets are common and easy to locate, these connections are slow to recharge the large capacity battery packs of electrified vehicles.

In Canada, the starting price for the 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid model is $73,400 (not including applicable government tax credits). The TurboCord dual charger included with the XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid could provide itself as an alternative to a home charging unit that cost hundreds plus installation.

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