Volvo announces mild hybrids with new designation

Volvo upgrades T6 and T8 plug-in hybrids, creates B4, B5 and B6 mild hybrids

Published: February 22, 2019, 9:30 PM
Updated: March 2, 2019, 3:23 AM

T8 Volvo S90

Volvo was one of the first companies to state intentions to go full electrification across its lineup, and it recently took steps toward that destination with newly-developed powertrain options that will be available to its entire model-range.

Volvo PHEV

The company has upgraded its current T6 and T8 twin-engine plug-in options and confirmed that all its models will receive plug-in options, while the immediate future sees mild-hybridization of its existing XC60 and XC90 sport utilities, both for their gasoline and diesel engines.

The models will be the first to wear the new “B” badge (in B4, B5 and B6 variants, depending on engine configuration), to signify their powertrains’ enhancement with Volvo’s kinetic energy recovery during braking, which Volvo claims will improve fuel economy and emissions reductions by 15%.

Volvo B-badge

Volvo is currently evaluating the viability of offering the mild-hybrid models in North America, though the plan is to have the B-Line become a standard feature of all models, as it moves to full model-line electrification by 2025. We expect the B5 designation to start, which is available in both front- and all-wheel drivetrains.

Both the T6 and T8 twin engine plug-in hybrids gets new batteries and brake-by-wire battery charging, which will help to extend their driving ranges by 15%. The T6 is available on S60 sedans and V60 wagons, while the T8 is available on 60- and 90-Series vehicles.

Volvo T8 plug-in hybrid drivetrain

The new XC40 will reportedly receive a T5 Twin-Engine plug-in hybrid model, followed by a T4 plug-in hybrid at a later date. The company did not announce plans for a B-version.