Twin Engine from Volvo Cars
Plug-in hybrid technology
We call our plug-in hybrid car technology Twin Engine. This advanced technology combines effortless performance with a drive mode to suit every need.
Plug-in to the future
Our Twin Engine cars deliver the one of the most powerful and yet most fuel-efficient driving experiences available today. A no-compromise combination of pure battery electric power and an efficient petrol engine give new meaning to the word flexibility and a driving experience you won’t forget.
Volvo Cars’ plug-in hybrid Twin Engine technology has been added to every new model we have launched since 2014, delivering a no-compromise mix of pure hybrid power.
Drive modes for every occasion
We’ve engineered our Twin Engine plug-in hybrid models to meet the discerning needs of our drivers. With a range of drive modes to choose from you will glide through your day in Pure mode, zoom through it in Power mode, or maximise efficiency with Hybrid mode.
In Pure mode your car uses only electric power. A fully charged battery will enable many people the possibility to commute to and from work every day in Pure mode, thereby eliminating emissions and saving on fuel costs.
In Hybrid mode your Twin Engine model uses the electric motor and the internal combustion engine to best effect, maximizing efficiency while minimizing emissions. Hybrid mode is optimal for most driving conditions.
When the desire for a more sporty driving experience strikes you, choose Power mode. It combines the power of the electric motor and the combustion engine to deliver a truly high-performance driving experience.
Charge & Drive
There has never been a better time to switch to electric mobility. Our cars are designed with you in mind for an easier and more enjoyable everyday experience.
Charge your Volvo
Whether you charge your car at home, at the office or in the city centre, you’ll find it as easy as charging your phone.
Choose your drive mode
Our plug-in hybrid Twin Engine models offer a range of drive modes to suit every occasion - from full Power mode, Pure electric mode and the balanced Hybrid mode.
Volvo's electrified range
Frequently asked questions
Why has Volvo Cars decided to move to electric powertrains?
We have been innovating in the field of electric powertrains since the 1970s. For us this is a natural progression in terms of technology and a clear statement of our commitment towards sustainable mobility and the reduction of emissions.
What are the main benefits of an electrified powertrain over a conventional combustion engine?
Electrified powertrains offer a range of benefits – from reducing emissions and fuel costs to delivering a more responsive acceleration feel on take-off.
Aren’t electrified powertrains more expensive than regular petrol or diesel engines?
It depends. We will soon be offering a range of electrified powertrains that include mild hybrids, plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars. Electrified powertrains require less maintenance and have lower fuel consumption, and the cost of batteries is now reaching a point where it makes more sense to choose an electrified car.
What is a plug-in hybrid car?
A plug-in hybrid cars, also known as a PHEV is a car that uses both a conventional combustion engine and a battery-powered electric motor to provide power to the wheels.
What kind of battery is used in Volvo’s Twin Engine plug-in hybrids?
Volvo Cars is currently using Lithium-ion battery packs in its Twin Engine cars. The battery is designed to last the lifetime of the car.
What is the pure electric range of a plug-in hybrid?
Our Twin Engine plug-in hybrids are designed to meet the average daily commuting need. Range will of course vary depending upon model, driving style, topography and road conditions. The main benefit of a plug-in hybrid is that you always have the petrol engine as back-up between charges, so range is never an issue.
How and where do I recharge my car?
Most people charge their cars at home overnight, with a charging wall box in their carport or garage. Others have the possibility to charge their car at work or at public charging stations, which are becoming increasingly easy to find.
How long does it take to charge the battery?
Charging time depends greatly upon the source of power and the amperage it delivers. You will find specific charging times in the technical specifications for each available electrified model.
Which Volvo models are available as a Twin Engine plug-in hybrid?
Our 90- and 60-Series cars are available with Twin Engine technology. These cars will be joined by the XC40 in the very near future.
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