— A Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid battery mileage lawsuit alleges Volvo advertised the SUVs as capable of getting more mileage than they do.
Plaintiff Xavier Laurens says he was duped into buying the $72,000 model year 2016 XC90 T8 hybrid SUV based on the advertised claim a single battery charge would get 25 miles without using gasoline. Laurens says the SUV really gets no more than 10 miles on a full charge, not enough to help him save money on his drive to and from work.
The plaintiff says he paid a lot of money believing he would save money on fuel and at the same time help the environment, all based on Volvo's allegedly false advertising.
The lawsuit alleges the plaintiff took his SUV to a dealer to learn why the battery was getting only 8-10 miles on a full charge and the dealer said the window sticker clearly says the range was 13 miles on a single charge.
Volvo technicians tested the SUV and was able to get up to 18 miles from a single charge, but Laurens says that was accomplished only because of highway driving below 40 mph with many features turned off. The lawsuit says those features would typically use battery power during normal driving.
The plaintiff says buying the plug-in hybrid version of the XC90 T8 cost him an additional $20,000, a huge price he wouldn't have paid if Volvo wouldn't have advertised 25 miles per charge.
According to the lawsuit, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated the range at 17 miles but then shortly afterward changed the range to 25 miles per battery charge.
The Volvo XC90 T8 battery mileage lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois - Laurens v. Volvo Cars of North America LLC.
The plaintiff is represented by Siprut PC.