Plug-in hybrid cars

Electric cars with a back-up plan.

Plug in to uncompromised performance.

Volvo plug-in hybrid cars offer a more refined drive without compromise. We’ve combined an enhanced electric motor for everyday city driving with a high-performance combustion engine for longer trips and extra power when you need it.

Long electric range

We want to create a confident and seamless transition to the fully electric future of driving. So, we designed our plug-in hybrids to offer enough electric range to power your daily commute and city driving.

Power on command

Our next-generation powertrains deliver powerful, responsive handling with smooth, quiet acceleration. The added capacity of a high-performance petrol engine gives you rapid, strong acceleration when you need it.

True One Pedal Drive

Smoothly navigate stop-and-go traffic with One Pedal Drive. This lets you accelerate and brake just by applying and releasing pressure on the accelerator pedal. Your car will then convert the kinetic energy generated from braking into battery power.

Five modes to tailor your drive.

Switch between drive modes at the touch of a button. The electric motor and petrol engine are designed to work together in perfect harmony for seamless hybrid performance.


Electrify your everyday commute by driving in Pure mode. You’ll get a smoother, quieter drive with zero tailpipe emissions.


Settle into Hybrid mode, and your car will use both the electric motor and internal combustion engine. Get top performance, electric range, fuel efficiency and comfort without a second thought.


Shift into Power mode for sporty driving with a faster acceleration response. The electric motor and petrol engine work in combination for maximum performance and driving stability.


Engage AWD mode when driving in slippery conditions or towing a high payload to gain extra traction and stability. We’ve developed a more powerful rear electric motor and improved the AWD characteristics designed to give you more confidence on the road.

Off Road

Activate Off Road mode in challenging road conditions below 40km/h. This helps you stay in control by optimising acceleration, steering and transmission with locked AWD and Hill Descent Control. This is applicable for XC models only.

Ready when you are

Schedule your plug-in hybrid to charge overnight so it’s ready for you in the morning. Our next-generation batteries can replenish their energy to 100 % in as little as five hours with our 3.7kW 1-phase onboard charger.*

Pre-set comfort

Choose the interior cabin climate as the battery charges, and your car will adjust to that temperature by the time you’re ready to go. Pre-climatisation while charging also improves the battery performance on the road.

Charge on the go

Boost your battery range and fuel economy as you drive with regenerative braking. We’ve engineered our electric motors and energy-dense batteries so you can get an extra charge from the energy created and stored when you brake.

Smarter charging. Powering the everyday.

The front half side profile of a Volvo X60 plug-in hybrid car, plugged in to a charging point in an empty, indoor setting.

We want your hybrid car to fit in seamlessly with your daily routine, so we've evolved our range of battery features to make charging simpler, faster and easier. 

*Charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as outdoor temperature, battery temperature, charging equipment, battery condition and car condition.​

*Charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as outdoor temperature, battery temperature, charging equipment, battery condition and car condition.​

Designed for effortless efficiency.

Reduced tailpipe emissions

Access a more considerate drive with the combined long-range electric battery and fuel-efficient gas engine delivering reduced CO₂ emissions compared to gas-powered equivalents.

Optimize for the journey ahead

Set your destination in the navigation system for longer trips in Hybrid mode, and the car will use both the electric motor and gas engine in the most energy-efficient way for your selected route.

Cost-efficient charging

Where applicable, plug in and schedule overnight charging at home through the Volvo Cars app to take advantage of lower energy rates and help reduce your running costs.​

Rear-view of a Volvo EX90 fully electric car on the beach with a man, a a dog and two children running to the ocean.

Connect to the future of driving

Free yourself completely from fossil fuels to discover a more elevated, fully electric drive. Explore the benefits of Volvo fully electric cars.

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Engineered for safety

Volvo cars are equipped with industry-leading safety innovations, allowing you to enjoy greater peace of mind on the road. Explore the technology we develop to help keep you and your loved ones safe and help protect other road users.

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Streamline your trip

Tap into your car’s full potential with intuitive displays and controls that help you find public chargers, schedule charging, pre-set the cabin climate and more. Learn how the Volvo Cars app can simplify life on the road.

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

Do hybrid cars have a high towing capacity?

Volvo plug-in hybrids offer great towing capacity, especially thanks to efficient AWD. Maximum towing capacity depends on the model of your Volvo car.​

Do hybrid cars need to be charged?​

Yes, all hybrid cars need to be charged. Mild hybrid cars, like the XC60 gas (mild hybrid) cannot be plugged in and rely on internal charging through regenerative braking, but plug-in hybrids like the XC60 Recharge, can be plugged in at electric charging points. Learn more about charging.

Are hybrid cars good for long distance driving?​

Volvo plug-in hybrids are designed to travel long distances without you having to worry about the battery range. The dual power of the gas engine and electric motor ensures increased efficiency and performance across long distances.​

What is the difference between mild hybrids, full hybrids, and plug-in hybrid cars?​

Mild hybrid cars have a combined starter motor and electric generator that gently supports the gas engine to use fuel more efficiently, but they cannot run on electricity alone. They use the combined starter and generator for smooth take-offs and braking or slowing the car, while recovering brake energy to be stored in a small 48-volt battery.​ Full hybrid cars also generate battery power through regenerative braking, but they have a more powerful battery. So, they can run on pure electricity for short distances or in tandem with the gas engine.​ Our plug-in hybrid vehicles are designed with a considerably larger 400-volt battery and better performance with the added option of different driving modes. This means that the fully electric range is larger still and many drivers can operate their car on the electric motor alone. The plug-in hybrid battery is mainly charged with the included charging cable, or with an additional home wallbox or public AC changing point. But it can also be charged while driving through brake energy regeneration.

The driving range and energy consumption under real conditions vary depending on driving behaviour and other external factors. Charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as outdoor temperature, battery temperature, charging equipment, battery condition and car condition.