XC40 Recharge Pure Electric


Charging the high-voltage battery

Charging the high-voltage battery

Updated 11/10/2020

Charging the high-voltage battery

The vehicle is equipped with a rechargeable high-voltage lithium-ion battery.

The high-voltage battery is charged using a charging cable.

The battery can also be charged at charging stations using the integrated charge module. The charging stations can be equipped with either a fixed charging cable or a socket in which a special charging cable with a matching connector (a mode 3 charging cable) can be plugged in.

Rapid charging

In addition to charging via a 120/240 V outlet (alternating current), the vehicle also supports direct-current rapid charging at charging stations supporting the CCS (Combined Charging System) standard. Charging with direct current usually enables higher charging output and thereby shorter charging times. The highest charging output is normally achieved when the charge level of the high-voltage battery is 0-80%. When the charge level rises, the output will be decreased to reduce wear.


California Proposition 65

Operating, servicing and maintaining a passenger vehicle can expose you to chemicals including engine exhaust, carbon monoxide, phthalates, and lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. To minimize exposure, avoid breathing exhaust, do not idle the engine except as necessary, service your vehicle in a well ventilated area and wear gloves or wash your hands frequently when servicing your vehicle. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/passenger-vehicle.


Volvo recommends a charging cable according to SAE J1772 that supports temperature monitoring.


The electrical system in your vehicle uses high-voltage electrical current. Any damage to this system or to the high-voltage battery may result in the danger of overheating, fire, or serious injury. If the vehicle is involved in a collision or subjected to flooding, fire, etc., have it inspected by a trained and qualified Volvo service technician. Prior to this inspection, the vehicle should be parked outdoors at a safe distance from any building or potentially flammable materials.

The high-voltage battery's charging time depends on the charging output used.


The capacity of the high-voltage battery decreases somewhat with age and use.


If the high-voltage battery needs to be replaced, this may only be done by Volvo retailer or authorized Volvo workshop.

Charging cable handle and charging socket

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Charging cable handle and charging socket.

Charging status is indicated in the following ways:

  • indicator on the charging cable's control module
  • indicator light in the vehicle's charging socket.
  • images and text in the instrument panel.

The vehicle cannot be driven while it is being charged.

The high-voltage battery may have reduced performance if the temperature in the battery is too low or too high.


Leaving the vehicle for prolonged periods at temperatures under –10 °C (14 °F) or over 40 °C (104 °F) may reduce the performance of the high-voltage battery. Charging the vehicle can help prevent the battery from becoming too hot or too cold.

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