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Recharge plug-in hybrid cars

Our no-compromise combination of plug-in battery electric power and an efficient petrol engine provides low to zero tailpipe emissions, excellent flexibility and a powerful driving experience.

Low to zero tailpipe emissions

The additional electric motor supports the combustion engine for low tailpipe emissions. And in Pure electric mode, you can commute with zero tailpipe emissions.

Excellent flexibility

With three drive modes to choose from you can glide through your day with zero tailpipe emissions in Pure electric mode, zoom through it in Power mode, or maximise efficiency and range with Hybrid mode.

Powerful driving experience

Combined electric and petrol power gives effortless performance and a smooth, refined drive in all conditions.

Our plug-in hybrid car range

Whatever Volvo you prefer, you can have it with highly efficient plug-in hybrid technology.

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XC90 Twin Engine

Up to 5-7 occupants

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S60 Twin Engine

Up to 5 occupants

A plug-in hybrid car – how does it work?

A Volvo Recharge plug-in hybrid car has both an electric motor and a petrol engine. For electric power, there’s a battery that can easily be charged at home or at a charging station.

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Twin engines

The Recharge car combines both electric and petrol power. Seamlessly together, or separately to give you the most efficient driving experience.

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Three or four drive modes

Our Recharge plug-in hybrid models offer a range of drive modes to suit every occasion – choose between Pure electric mode, the balanced Hybrid mode and the full Power mode. Most of our Recharge cars also feature an AWD all-wheel drive mode to optimise traction and stability on poor roads.

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Battery charging

The large battery gives an electric-only range of around up to 45–59 km (depending on model) and can easily be charged at home or at a charging station. It’s also charged during driving every time you brake or slow down.

What do you want to know about plug-in hybrid cars?

  • What is a plug-in hybrid car?

    A plug-in hybrid car, also known as a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), is a car that uses both a conventional petrol engine and a battery-powered electric motor to provide power to the wheels.

  • What kind of battery is used in the Volvo Recharge plug-in hybrids?

    Volvo Cars is currently using Lithium-ion battery packs in its Recharge cars.

  • What is the pure electric range of a plug-in hybrid car?

    Our Recharge plug-in hybrids are designed to meet many people’s daily commuting need. Range will of course vary depending upon model, driving style, topography and road conditions. The main benefit of a plug-in hybrid is that you always have the petrol engine as back-up between charges, so range should not be an issue.

  • How and where do I recharge my plug-in hybrid car?

    Most people charge their cars at home overnight, with a charging wall box in their carport or garage. Others have the possibility to charge their car at work or at public charging stations, which in many areas are becoming increasingly easier to find.

  • How long does it take to charge the battery?

    Charging times will vary and are dependent on factors such as outdoor temperature, current battery temperature, charging equipment, battery condition and car condition. You will find specific charging times in the technical specifications for each available plug-in hybrid model.

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

    A mild hybrid, which can’t be charged via a cable, 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.

  • Which Volvo models are available as a Recharge plug-in hybrid car?

    As from 2019, all our models are available with Recharge plug-in hybrid powertrain technology.

  • What charging cables are available for my Volvo Recharge?

    Your Volvo Recharge plug-in hybrid comes with a standard charging cable that meets high electrical safety requirements (Mode 2). Available in different variants (6A, 8A or 10A depending on market), this 7 m cable allows up to 1.4–2.3 kW charging via a household socket. For shorter charging times at home, you can complement with either a 1-phase 16A “Blue Plug” cable or a 3-phase 16A “Red Plug” cable capable of up to 3.5 kW (1-phase) or 11 kW (3-phase) charging. And for a really convenient and fast charging at home: complement your home electrical by installing our 3-phase wallbox. Capable of charging up to 22 kW, this wallbox is also compatible with future generations of electric cars.
    For convenient and secure charging out of home, there’s also a Mode 3 charging cable 1-phase 16A available as an accessory. This 4.5 m cable is convenient to have on hand when there are no cables at the charging station. For more detailed information, please contact your Volvo car dealer.

Our other electrified powertrains

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Recharge pure electric

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

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Mild hybrid

An effective powertrain technology where electricity supports the petrol or diesel engine for a smoother and more fuel-efficient drive.