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 battery.
  • Choice of tyres and tyre pressure can affect energy consumption - seek advice on suitable tyres from an authorised Volvo workshop.
  • Remove unnecessary items from the car - the greater the load the higher the consumption.

While driving

  • Drive at a steady speed and keep a good distance to other vehicles and objects in order to avoid braking.
  • When braking, the battery is recharged by:
    • braking gently using the brake pedal.
    • release the accelerator pedal and allow the regenerative braking to operate.
  • High speed results in increased energy consumption since the wind resistance increases with speed.
  • If possible, minimise electric heating by reducing the temperature in the passenger compartment to as close as possible to the outside temperature, and reduce electric heating of windows, mirrors and other equipment.
  • 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.