Charging the hybrid battery

Preparation for charging the hybrid battery

Updated 7/23/2018

Before starting to charge the car's hybrid battery, a number of preparations need to be made.


  • The hybrid battery must only be charged at maximum permitted charging current or lower in accordance with applicable local and national recommendations for hybrid charging from 230 VAC sockets/plugs.
  • Charging the hybrid battery must only take place from an approved grounded 230 VAC socket

    Or equivalent sockets with a different voltage, depending on market.

    or from a charging station with a loose charging cable (Mode 3) supplied by Volvo.
  • The control unit's ground fault breaker protects the car, but there may still be a risk of overloading the 230 VAC mains power circuit.
  • Avoid visible worn or damaged mains sockets since they may lead to fire damage and/or personal injury if used.
  • Never use an extension cable.
  • Never use an adapter.


    Replacing the hybrid battery must only be performed by a workshop - an authorised Volvo workshop is recommended.

    Before charging


    • The charging cable and its associated parts should not be swamped or immersed in water.
    • Avoid exposing the control unit and its plug to direct sunlight. In such cases, the overheating protection in the plug is at risk of reducing or interrupting the charging of the hybrid battery.


    • Check that the 230 VAC socket has adequate power supply for charging electric vehicles - in the event of uncertainty the socket must be checked by a qualified professional.
    • If the socket has unknown current intensity - use the lowest level on the control unit.

    On the charging cable's control unit, set the required charging current 6-16 AMaximum charging current may vary depending on market.. On delivery, the lowest possible charging current is preset.

    Opening/closing the hatch for the charging input socket


    First unlock the car with the remote control key.

    Press in the rear section of the cover and release.

    Open the cover.

    Pull away the cover for the charging input socket and secure it in the holder inside the cover. Make sure that the cover's rubber straps are bent downwards in order to prevent the cover coming off from the holder.

    Close the cover for the charging input socket in reverse order.


    Since the boot lid/tailgate is locked while driving, the car must be unlocked again for the boot lid/tailgate to be opened.

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