Charging the hybrid battery

In addition to the fuel tank, as in a conventional car, the car is equipped with a rechargeable battery, a so-called hybrid battery of the Lithium-ion type.

The hybrid battery is charged using a charging cable with control unit which is located in the storage area under the cargo area floor, see Charging cable with control unit.


Use a charging cable recommended by Volvo in accordance with IEC 62196 and IEC 61851 that supports temperature monitoring.

The time it takes for the hybrid battery to be charged is dependent on the charging current that is used.

During the charging of the car's hybrid battery the display on the charging cable's control unit shows the current status during an ongoing charging and after charging is complete.

While the hybrid battery is being charged, charging is also in progress for the car's starter battery.

If the hybrid battery's temperature is below -10 ºC or above 30 ºC then it may mean that some of the car's functions are changed or unavailable because the capacity of the hybrid batteries is reduced outside this temperature range.

An example of this is the PURE drive mode (see Drive system and drive modes) which is not selectable if the temperature in the battery is too low or high.

Charging with fixed control unit in accordance with mode 31

In certain markets the control unit is installed within a charging station connected to the mains power circuit. In which case, the charging cable has no control unit of its own. Instead, it has a special connector to be used to connect the charging cable to the charging station. Follow the instructions at the charging station.

  1. 1 European standard - EN 61851-1.