Volvo Car Gent produces first hybrid in Belgium


Volvo Car Gent has started producing the Volvo V60 Twin Engine. The Ghent plant is the first Belgian car manufacturer to roll a hybrid car off the production line. Flemish minister Schauvliege sat behind the wheel of this first “Ghent-made” hybrid Volvo.

Volvo Car Gent took over the production of the Volvo V60 in the spring. The Swedish plant in Gothenburg needed additional capacity for the production of the new models on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform.

20,000 to 30,000 additional cars

Since the V60 also has a hybrid variant, Volvo Car Gent is the first Belgian car manufacturer to have a hybrid variant in its range.

“Volvo Car Gent is taking over the production of the Volvo V60 until the current model is replaced,” says plant manager Eric Van Landeghem. “On an annual basis, we are talking of volumes between 20,000 and 30,000 cars.”

Experience with hybrids

“Getting acquainted with the construction of hybrid models, enabled by the arrival of the Volvo V60 Twin Engine in Ghent, is a great asset for us,” adds Van Landegehem. “A hybrid variant is also planned in the XC40 series. By then we will have gained experience in all aspects of the production of hybrid cars and in handling 400-volt batteries. It goes without saying that we have given all our staff thorough training to ensure safety.”

Two eco-friendly models

The ‘Twin Engine’ model combines a combustion engine (diesel powered) and an electric motor. The fuel consumption (according to NEDC standards) is 1.8 litres per 100 kilometres. CO2 emissions are limited to 48 grams per kilometre. The car’s action radius in the purely electric mode is approximately 50 kilometres.

In addition to the Volvo V60 Twin Engine, Volvo Car Gent is also building this model from now on in the CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) variant. It runs on both petrol and natural gas. This model also scores high in eco-friendliness, since CNG is the cleanest fossil fuel: 95% less fine particles, 30% less CO2.

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