Electric operation and charging

Economical driving

Updated 11/15/2021

Economical driving

To achieve the longest possible range, the driver should plan driving and adapt driving style and speed to the prevailing situation.

Before driving

  • Precondition the car before driving if possible using the charging cable connected to the mains power circuit.
  • If preconditioning is not possible when it is cold outside, use seat heating and steering wheel heating first of all. Avoid warming up the whole of the interior which takes energy from the hybrid battery.
  • Choice of tyres and tyre pressure can affect energy consumption - seek advice on suitable tyres from an authorised Volvo dealer.
  • Remove unnecessary items from the car - the greater the load the higher the consumption.

While driving

  • Activate drive mode Pure.
  • Activate the Hold function at higher speeds during journeys that are longer than the range of the electricity.
  • If possible, avoid using the Charge function to charge the hybrid battery.
  • Drive at a steady speed and keep a good distance to other vehicles and objects in order to avoid braking.
  • The hybrid battery is recharged during braking by braking gently with the brake pedal.
  • High speed results in increased energy consumption since the wind resistance increases with speed.
  • In a cold climate, reduce electrical heating of windows, mirrors, seats and steering wheel, if possible.
  • Avoid driving with open windows.
  • Do not hold the car stationary on a hill with the accelerator pedal. Instead, activate the function for braking when stationary.
  • If possible, deactivate the climate control while driving a short distance after preconditioning.

After driving

  • If possible, park in an acclimated garage with charging facilities.

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