Volvo’s S90 T8 Hybrid Signals the Future

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Volvo is going all in on electrification of its vehicles, starting with its 90 Series sedan and SUV.

Volvo has said that by 2019, all vehicles it produces will have an electric motor. That’s not to say they will all be fully electric vehicles; many are likely to be gas-electric hybrids like the T8 PHEV (plug-in electric hybrid) variant of the S90 for 2018.

The T8 hybrid is one of three powertrains offered on the new S90, with the others being the 250 hp T5 AWD and the 316 hp T6. All have 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines with the T5 using a turbocharger and the T6 both a turbocharger and a supercharger.

The T8 hybrid powertrain, which is also available on the XC90, also includes a 2.0-litre supercharged and turbocharged inline four. The 87 hp electric motor, which drives the rear wheels, brings the total horsepower up to 400 with 472 lb/ft of torque.

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