Volvo ReCharge Plug-In Hybrid will be unveiled officially next week at the Frankfurt Auto Show, it's a plug-in hybrid with a battery-only range of 100 km before you need to have the car's four-cylinder 1.6-liter Flexfuel engine kick in to power the car and recharge the battery. The ReCharge is built off a specially designed Volvo C30, meaning it's got a platform that doesn't need to be built from scratch -- boosting the possibility we could see something like it really hit the streets. The best news would be for the environment which would see "about 66% lower emissions of carbon dioxide compared with the best hybrid cars available on the market today."
Volvo is looking at this car to hit the streets in 2015, but it won't be the first hybrid Volvo plans on releasing -- but they're keeping what the first one will be a secret until later. There's four electric motors -- one at each wheel. This emphasizes safety as they've moved the motors away from the front of the car and to the wheels. By not having the engine in the front, it allows for Volvo to use the front for more crash-protection. Also, despite having an engine, it has no driveshaft. Full recharge of the batteries will take three hours, but the car should be drivable on an hour or less.