Charging the hybrid battery

In addition to the fuel tank, as in a conventional car, the car is equipped with a rechargeable battery - a so-called hybrid battery of the lithium-ion type.

The hybrid battery is charged using a charging cable with control unit, which is located in the storage compartment under the cargo area's floor hatch, see the section "Charging cable".


Volvo recommends a charging cable in accordance with IEC 62196 and IEC 61851 which supports temperature monitoring.

The time it takes for the hybrid battery to be charged is dependent on the charging current that is used.

During the charging of the car's hybrid battery, the various indicators on the charging cable's control unit show the current status while charging is in progress and after it is complete.

While the hybrid battery is being charged, charging is also in progress for the car's starter battery.

If the hybrid battery's temperature is below -10 ºC or above 40 ºC then it may mean that some of the car's functions are changed or unavailable because the capacity of the hybrid batteries is reduced outside this temperature range.

Electric operation is not possible if the temperature of the battery is too low or too high. If drive mode PURE is then selected, the combustion engine starts. Read more in the section "Drive modes".

Charging with fixed control unit in accordance with mode 31

In certain markets the control unit is installed within a charging station connected to the mains power circuit. In which case, the charging cable has no control unit of its own. Instead, it has a special connector to be used to connect the charging cable to the charging station. Follow the instructions at the charging station.

Charging with the petrol engine

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The car generates current to the battery and the battery is charged, e.g. when the brake pedal is pressed lightly or during engine braking down a hill.

The hybrid battery can also be charged by the car's engine. The hybrid battery is recharged during gentle braking with the brake pedal.

The hybrid battery is also recharged during engine braking in gear position B when e.g. travelling downhill.

Read more in the sections "Gear positions for automatic gearbox" and "Hybrid related information in the driver display".

  1. 1 European standard - EN 61851-1.