Electric motor and charging

General information about electric vehicles

Updated 11/10/2020

General information about electric vehicles

Electric vehicles are driven just like any other vehicle, but certain functions differ from vehicles with combustion engines.

The instrument panel and center display show information specific to electric operation – charging information, distance to discharged battery and charge level of the high-voltage battery.

In order to function, the high-voltage battery and its electrical drive systems must be at the correct operating temperature. Battery capacity can be considerably reduced if the battery is too cold or too hot. By preconditioning the vehicle using the charging cable connected to an electrical outlet, the vehicle's drive systems and passenger compartment are prepared before driving to reduce both wear and tear and energy needs while driving.

The high-voltage battery that powers the electric motors is recharged using the charging cable, but can also be recharged during light braking.


No electrical current

Keep in mind that if there is no electrical current to the vehicle, i.e. the ignition is switched off or the start battery is discharged, certain functions such as power brakes, power steering, etc. will be limited.


Power braking only functions if the vehicle is running.

Exterior engine noise

High-voltage electrical current

P5-1507-Symbol Elecric warning


A number of electrical components in the vehicle use high-voltage current and can be extremely dangerous if handled incorrectly. These components and any orange wiring in the vehicle may only be handled by trained and qualified Volvo service technicians.

Do not touch anything that is not clearly described in this Owner's Manual.

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