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Volvo to assemble plug-in hybrid cars in India next year

Volvo has revealed its plans to do a local assembly of its plug-in hybrid cars in India by end of next year.

This will make India the third country after Sweden and Malaysia to have a local assembly of the brand’s plug-in hybrid cars.

According to Volvo, this will commence with the local assembly of one model, the XC90 PHEV, and four models will be added over three years to expand the hybrid range.

These vehicles allow a user to cover a distance of 40 km using electric power upon full charge after which the vehicle shifts to fossil fuel using the hybrid technology. That makes these vehicles cleaner by 60 per cent, compared to a fossil fuel car, it said. The battery in these vehicles can be charged using an external source of power.

Charles Frump, managing director, Volvo Cars India, said, “The localisation of plug-in hybrids marks the future of electrification for us. Our customers are increasingly becoming aware about the rise in pollution levels and degrading environment… till the time we have a supporting infrastructure, plug-in hybrids offer the intermediate solution.”

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