One of the Volvo forums that I browse is in the midst of a bona fide freak-out over this: Apparently some people got really excited when Volvo announced a 400bhp, 472ft-lb drive train that will be available in the upcoming XC90 redesign. That is until they saw this: Clunky badging aside, it turns out that Volvo has developed a new plug-in architecture to go with their new range of 4-cylinder "Drive-E" engines. This monster is the first application. The press release quotes 40km/25mi of electric-only range. Details of the architecture are a little fuzzy, though. The press release makes it sound like a through-the-road hybrid (gas engine powering the front wheels, 80hp electric motor/generator at the rear) but the press image appears to show HV cables heading to the front as well. So who knows. No doubt this will be a $65k vehicle, and therefore of little practical interest to most of us. But it's really nice to see progress. I want Volvo ergonomics in my next fuel miser, even if it won't be this: Eventually someone is going to have to pry Wayne out of his Audi diesels for a week so that he can tell us what's what.