Charging your Volvo

Everything you need to know about charging your car

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How to charge your car is a key part of electrified car ownership. Discover how a Volvo Recharge car could fit into your lifestyle.

Pure electric

Sometimes quiet is the most powerful way to go, with zero tailpipe emissions and less noise at all speeds. Powered by a high-voltage battery and dual electric motors, our XC40 Recharge pure electric is pure progress for the road ahead.

Plug-in hybrid

Less petrol, more purpose. In our Recharge plug-in hybrids, an electric motor and combustion engine team together for a choice of pure electric mode, power mode and hybrid mode, giving you total driving control and lower tailpipe emissions.

Our electrified Recharge powertrains

We offer two types of Recharge electrified powertrains, designed to accommodate a wide range of driving needs.

Where can I charge? Availability of charging plays a big role in the daily experience of owning an electric car.

Overhead view digital drawing of a silver Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric SUV plugged in and charging in the driveway of a home.

Steady access to charging

If you park in a garage or driveway at home, or a spot with steady access to charging at work, it’s easy to integrate charging into your daily routine. Our pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars are both great options.

Overhead view digital drawing of a silver Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric SUV plugged into a charging station in an apartment parking garage.

Occasional access to charging

With occasional dedicated access to charging, a plug-in hybrid car – which runs on fuel when you’re unable to charge – may offer greater flexibility. A pure electric car may also be great fit, depending on driving pattern.

Overhead view digital drawing of a silver Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric SUV plugged into a charging station while parallel-parked on a public street.

Reliant on public charging

When relying on short-term public charging – like at your gym or a mall – a plug-in hybrid may be a great option. Alternatively, a mild hybrid - which captures braking energy, but doesn't need to be plugged in - could be an excellent fit.

How often would I need to charge? Frequency of charging depends on how far you usually drive in a day and the range of your car.*

Short distances

With a pure electric, you should have enough range for your daily trips, and you should charge as often as required throughout the week. With a plug-in hybrid, you can drive each way in electric mode, but you may need to charge after each trip in order to minimize fuel usage.

Moderate distances

With a pure electric, you should have enough range for your daily trips, but may need to charge at each end-point. With a plug-in hybrid, you will be using a combination of electricity and fuel.

Longer distances

A pure electric can offer enough range for a long commute or weekend getaway, though you will need to coordinate charging opportunities. A plug-in hybrid will use a combination of electricity and fuel.

How long does it take to charge?
Charging times vary with charging format and vehicle type.*

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Charging a pure electric car

To make the most of the battery life in a pure electric car, we recommend AC charging the battery up to 90 percent capacity for typical daily driving, and preferably not letting the charge fall below 20 percent. The car can offer plenty of range for daily trips, and you should charge as often as required throughout the week.

40 min – 2 h

With DC fast charging (50–150kW)

8 – 10 h

With 11kW 3 phase AC fast charging/wallbox

Bar graph of battery charge percentage, highlighted from 5% to 100% to indicate ideal operating range for a plug-in hybrid battery.

Charging a plug-in hybrid car

Regularly charging the battery to 100% is a great way to make the most of a plug-in hybrid’s electric range. With the fuel engine present, charge can get low without concern.

3 - 4 h

With 3.6kW AC fast charging/wallbox

4 - 8 h

With AC charging 220V household connector

Cost of ownership of an electrified car can be significantly lower than that of an equivalent fuel car.

Cost of purchase

In many places, the cost of purchasing an electric vehicle may be supported by government initiatives. Such benefits vary in different states and territories.

Cost of maintenance

With fewer moving mechanical parts and fluids, service and maintenance often costs less for an electric car.

Cost of daily use

For many people, charging is done mainly at home or at work. If you can do most of your charging at these places, the electricity to charge your car can cost significantly less than the fuel to drive the equivalent mileage.

What else do you want to know about charging?

Plug-in hybrid cars use a lithium-ion battery, similar to, but smaller than, those used in pure electric cars.

Depending on the model, a plug-in hybrid can travel up to 44km* in pure electric mode, giving you the ability to commute around town with zero tailpipe emissions. If you can coordinate charging opportunities at work or other destinations, you can likely make most of your shorter trips entirely electric. * Figures according to ADR 81/02 are derived from laboratory testing. Factors including but not limited to driving style, road and traffic conditions, environmental influences, vehicle condition and accessories fitted, means in the real world the range you experience can differ from that advertised. Advertised figures are meant for comparison purposes.

Rate of charge depends on the type of charging and the power of that charging type, as well as factors such as ambient temperature, battery temperature, the size and condition of the car’s battery and the capacity of the car’s onboard charging circuit. Generally, a 220V household connection will provide about 7–14km of range per hour*, an 11kW AC wallbox or public charging point will provide about 50–60km of range per hour*, and a DC fast charging station will provide between 30 and 100km of range per 10 minutes*, depending on wattage. This means that charging from zero to 100 percent with an 11kW AC wallbox will take approximately 8 hours**, and charging from zero to 80 percent at a 150kW DC fast charging station will take approximately 40 minutes**.

* The range a customer may experience will depend on driving style, road and traffic conditions, environmental influences, vehicle condition and accessories fitted. ** Charging times are dependent on factors such as outdoor temperature, current battery temperature, charging equipment, battery condition and car condition.

Our electrified cars come with a standard charging cable which you can use to connect to household power for lightweight charging duty. The car can also be connected to the charging cables present at AC charging points and charging stations. For AC charging points without charging cables, you can complement with a separate cable for that purpose. Volvo recommends purchasing a heavy duty charging cable for those who may require the use of public charging stations and for those who plan to travel longer distances in pure electric mode. Volvo’s standard charging cable is not sufficient or compatible with most public equipment. A Type 2 to Type 2 charging cable is required which is available for purchase from a third party supplier at an additional cost.

An electrified range depends on many factors, including ambient temperature, usage of accessories such as climate control, and driving pattern, but a Volvo XC40 Recharge pure electric can offer up to 418km/208 miles of range on a single charge.* Plug-in hybrid cars have less electric range, but offer the flexibility to continue on fuel when charging is not available. In the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric with Google built-in, you can use Google Maps to find charging stations along the way, so you can plan charging with ease.** This is particularly useful on longer trips and it can help you plan and enjoy a more relaxed journey.

* Range is according to WLTP and EPA driving cycles and real-world range may vary. Figures are based on preliminary target. Final vehicle certification pending. ** Available where Google Services or AutoNavi is offered.

The rate of charge at home depends on the specifications of your electric system and the type of charging you use. A 220V household outlet provides 7–14km of range per hour* and takes between 40 and 72 hours to fully charge a pure electric Volvo, depending on the amps. An 11kW 3-phase home wallbox provides 50–60km of range per hour and takes about 8 hours to fully charge a pure electric Volvo**. A 7.2kw single phase home wallbox provides between 30-45km of range per hour* and takes about 14 hours to fully charge a pure electric Volvo**.

* The range a customer may experience will depend on driving style, road and traffic conditions, environmental influences, vehicle condition and accessories fitted. ** Charging times are dependent on factors such as outdoor temperature, current battery temperature, charging equipment, battery condition and car condition.