Volvo's XC90 T8 Twin Engine flagship SUV takes best Seven-Seater Honour in Drivingelectric Awards
Volvo's XC90 T8 Twin Engine flagship SUV takes best Seven-Seater Honour in Drivingelectric Awards
The flagship of the Volvo range, the XC90 T8 Twin Engine, has triumphed in the DrivingElectric Awards, being named Best Electrified Seven-Seater. It’s the first honour for the plug-in hybrid version of the large SUV since it benefited from a series of performance, technology and styling upgrades that make it an even stronger proposition – including an increase of more than 30% in its all-electric driving range.
Vicky Parrott, DrivingElectric Associate Editor, said the hybrid powertrain adds extra appeal to a model that’s already established as a market leader: “The Volvo XC90 has long been the king of the large family SUVs, and in T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid form it makes transporting seven people in comfort very cost effective indeed. Recent updates have freshened up its looks and improved its electric technology, ensuring it stays at the front of the class.”

Improved all-electric performance

Improvements introduced to take the XC90 into 2020 include an increase in the capacity of the T8 Twin Engine’s high-voltage lithium-ion battery from 10.4 to 11.6 kilowatt hours. The result is an increase of more than 30% in the car’s pure-electric driving range, from 21.7 to a maximum of 28.6 miles, which means the XC90 can complete typical commuting journeys with no exhaust emissions or petrol consumption.

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