General information on charging

An electrically powered car is driven in the same way as a car with internal combustion engine, but certain functions differ. The car is equipped with a rechargeable high voltage battery of lithium-ion type.

Different types of charging

The time it takes for the high voltage battery to be charged depends on the charging power that is used. The 12 V battery is also charged when the car is charged.

Charging via a wall socket (AC charging)

The car can be charged via a normal wall socket. This type of charging is suitable as an additional charging for an electric car but is not recommended for regular charging.

Charging via a charging station (AC charging)

The charging station can either be equipped with a permanent charging cable or with a socket where a mode 3 charging cable can be connected. This type of charging is recommended for regular charging.

Fast charging via a charging station (DC charging)

The car supports fast charging with direct current via charging stations that support the CCS (Combined Charging System) standard. A higher charging power can normally be achieved by charging with direct current, and the charging time can therefore be reduced. Highest charging power is normally reached when the battery's state of charge is 0–30%. After that, the charging power gradually decreases.

Effect of temperature

The high voltage battery with associated electrical drive systems will work better at the correct operating temperature.

High voltage battery performance may be reduced if the temperature in the battery is too low or high.


The performance of the high voltage battery may be reduced if the car is left for any length of time in environments where the temperature is below –10 °C (14 °F) or above 40 °C (104 °F). Avoid the battery becoming too hot or too cold by connecting the car to a charger.

Important to know


The capacity of the high voltage battery is reduced slightly with age and use.


Charging the car can affect the function of an implanted pacemaker or other medical equipment. People with an implanted pacemaker are recommended to consult a doctor before starting charging.


Replacing the high voltage battery must only be performed by a workshop – an authorised Volvo workshop is recommended.

Exterior engine noise


An artificial exterior noise is made in the background as the car is powered by electricity. The purpose of this noise is so that road users outside the car, such as children, pedestrians, cyclists and animals, should more easily notice the car and avoid the risk of being run over.

High-voltage current

P5-1507-Symbol Elecric warning


Several components in the car work with high-voltage current that could be dangerous in the event of incorrect intervention. These components, and all orange-coloured cables, must only be handled by qualified personnel.

Do not touch anything that is not clearly described in the owner's manual.