Charging the high voltage battery

Charging the high voltage battery

Updated 5/12/2021

Charging the high voltage battery

The car is equipped with a rechargeable high voltage battery of lithium-ion type.

The car can be charged via a charging station. The charging station can either be equipped with a charging cable or with a socket where a mode 3 charging cable can be connected.

The car can also be charged via a 230 V socket using a mode 2 charging cable.


A high amperage is required to charge an electric car. Make sure that the fuse of the wall socket can handle the current level specified for the charging cable before starting charging. In case of doubt, contact a qualified professional.

Fast 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 charge level is 0-30%. After that, the charging power gradually decreases.


Volvo recommends a charging cable in accordance with IEC 62196 and IEC 61851 which supports temperature monitoring.

The time it takes for the high voltage battery to be charged is dependent on the charging power that is used.


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


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

Charging cable handle and charging input socket

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Charging cable handle and charging input socket.

Charging status is indicated in the following ways:

  • indicator on the charging cable's control unit
  • indicator lamp in the car's charging input socket.
  • image and text in the driver display.

It is not possible to drive the car while charging is in progress.

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.

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