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Mild hybrid cars

An integrated starter generator supports the car’s petrol or diesel engine for a smoother drive with reduced fuel consumption and lower tailpipe emissions.

Smoother drive

The mild hybrid technology adds to a more refined driving experience. The engine restarts instantly and you can enjoy smoother drive from standstill.

Lower fuel consumption

The integrated starter generator actively reduces engine load for lowered fuel consumption, especially in urban driving situations.

More power

Using recuperated electric energy, the integrated starter generator boosts the combustion engine for more powerful acceleration.

Our mild hybrid car range

XC90 Mild hybrid

Up to 5-7 occupants

XC60 Mild hybrid

Up to 5 occupants

A mild hybrid car – how does it work?

Our mild hybrid cars recover brake energy to charge a 48V battery when braking. An integrated starter generator uses this energy to momentarily support the combustion engine. Together, this gives you a more fuel-efficient and smoother driving experience.

What do you want to know about mild hybrid cars?

  • What is a mild hybrid?

    A mild hybrid is also considered to be an electrified car. Mild hybrids use both a combustion engine and an electric motor to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. They do this by using energy stored in a 48-volt battery that is generated by braking. This energy is then used to boost the combustion engine during start-up and take-off.

  • Does the electric motor propel a mild hybrid?

    No. The electric motor is there to assist the engine and to reduce the amount of work it needs to do.

  • What is the main benefit of a mild hybrid?

    A mild hybrid will offer reduced fuel consumption and thereby lower tailpipe emissions. Mild hybrids also contribute to smooth take-offs and are generally more affordable than full hybrids or plug-in hybrids.

  • What is the difference between a mild hybrid, a full hybrid and a plug-in hybrid?

    A mild hybrid uses the electric motor to assist the combustion engine. A full hybrid has a larger electric motor and battery than a mild hybrid. A full hybrid can power the car using the electric motor for short distances and recharges its battery using the engine or through regenerative braking. A plug-in hybrid can be recharged by literally plugging it into a home charging station or using a public charging station. A plug-in hybrid offers a greater pure electric range thanks to a larger battery pack and electric motor. A plug-in hybrid will meet the daily commuting needs of many people.

Our other electrified powertrains

Pure electric

(Coming soon)

The full electric powertrain – for a silent, powerful and refined zero tailpipe emission driving experience.

Plug-in hybrid

(Available in 7 car models)

The powerful combination of an electric motor and combustion engine can allow zero tailpipe emission commuting in Pure electric mode, as well as fuel-efficient long-distance driving in Hybrid mode.