Charging the hybrid battery

Charging the hybrid battery

Updated 7/23/2018

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.


Volvo recommends a charging cable in accordance with IEC 62196 and IEC 61851 which 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 control unit shows the current status during 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.

Electric operation is not possible if the temperature of the battery is too low or too high. If drive mode PURE(see Drive systems and drive modes) is then selected, the internal combustion engine starts.

Charging with fixed control unit in accordance with mode 3

European standard - EN 61851-1.

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.


The car is not compatible with all types of charging station and cannot take more than 20 A of current intensity. If the car is connected to a charging station that is incompatible with the car or which transmits a current intensity above the car's current limit, the LED indicator in the charging input socket will illuminate in red. Charging is then not possible.

Charging with the fuel-driven engine

The car generates current for the battery and the battery is charged when the fuel-driven engine is running. In the SAVE drive mode the fuel-driven engine charges the battery and makes sure that the energy level in the battery does not fall below a capacity equivalent to approx. 20 km driving with electric operation.

Read more about Drive systems and drive modes.

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