Start charging the hybrid battery

The car's hybrid battery is charged with a charging cable between the car and a 230 VAC socket1.


Never connect the charging cable when there is a risk of lightning.


Volvo recommends a charging cable in accordance with IEC 62196 and IEC 61851 which supports temperature monitoring.
Take the charging cable out from the storage compartment under the cargo area floor. Note that the car must be switched off prior to charging.
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Connect the charging cable to a 230 VAC socket. Never use an extension cable.

Set the correct charging current (for current 230 VAC socket) on the control unit.
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Remove the charging handle's protective cover and then press the handle the whole way into the socket for the car.

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Clamp the charging handle's cover in place as illustrated.


To avoid damage to the paint, e.g. in the event of high winds, position the charging handle's protective cover so that it does not touch the car.

The charging cable's charging handle is fastened/locked in, and charging starts within 5 seconds. When charging has started, the LED lamp in the charging input socket flashes with a green glow. The driver display shows the remaining estimated charging time or whether charging is not working as intended. Read more in the section "Charge status".

Battery charging can be interrupted for a while if the car is unlocked:

  • and the door is opened - charging restarts within a few minutes.
  • without the door being opened - the car is relocked automatically. Charging restarts after 1 minute.


Charge status is shown in the driver display, amongst other things. If it is not used for a while then it is dimmed. Reactivate the display by means of one of the following:
  • depress the brake pedal
  • open one of the doors
  • set the car in ignition position I by turning the start knob to START and releasing.


Never unplug the charging cable from the 230 VAC socket while charging is in progress - there is then a risk of damaging the 230 VAC socket.

Always stop charging first before unplugging the charging cable from the car's charging input socket and then from the 230 VAC socket.

Condensation from the air conditioning may drip under the car during charging. This is normal and takes place due to cooling of the hybrid battery.

  1. 1 The voltage in the socket may vary depending on market.