The world's first diesel plug-in hybrid, the Volvo V60 D6 AWD, has received approval for the Government's Plug-In Car Grant (PICG) which is designed to offer incentives for buyers to choose new ultra-low carbon cars.
In this scheme, buyers will receive a £5000 grant towards the purchase price of the vehicle, which can cover up to 31 miles in full electric mode, meaning it will be available with an on-the-road price of £43,775.
That still leaves it £16,480 - the price of a Mini Cooper Diesel - more expensive than the diesel V60 D2 SE with 119g/km CO2 and 62.8mpg combined cycle fuel economy, and £10,000 more expensive than the current flagship D5 R-Design diesel V60.
Ian Howat, head of product and pricing at Volvo Car UK, said: "The V60 Plug-in Hybrid has been a worldwide success with the initial run of 1000 cars sold out before the car reached the showrooms. Now that we have received the UK Government's plug-in grant I'm sure the world's first plug-in diesel hybrid will become even more attractive to UK customers wishing to purchase leading vehicle technology."