Plug-in hybrid cars

Discover our range of plug-in hybrid cars.

Reduced tailpipe emissions. No compromises performance.

Regenerative braking

Energy created when braking is harnessed and stored in the car’s battery for future use, allowing you to drive more sustainably and economically.

Power on command

All our plug-in hybrid models deliver a powerful, responsive drive with smooth, quiet acceleration. You can also choose from multiple driving modes to fine tune your ride.

Pure for real

In Pure electric mode you can drive your plug-in hybrid car without any tailpipe emissions. With a fully charged battery, this can allow daily commuting purely using the electric motor.

Compare Volvo plug-in hybrids

Trunk capacity

XC40 Recharge

plug-in hybrid

Urban, 5 seats


46km(electric); 2.4 L/100km

XC60 Recharge

plug-in hybrid

Medium, 5 seats

1055 x 776 x 960

54km(electric); 2.3-2.9 ltr/100km

Pure electric or hybrid? Your Volvo uses both for a more considerate drive.

Map illustration of a shorter journey driven in Pure electric mode with a Volvo plug-in hybrid car.
Pure electric mode

A Volvo plug-in hybrid can be driven in Pure electric mode. This means that daily errands and commuting can be transformed into a more considerate drive with zero tailpipe emissions.

Hybrid mode

When your Volvo is in Hybrid mode, the car uses both the electric motor and internal combustion engine. In doing so, performance, range, fuel consumption and ride comfort are optimised.


Plug-in hybrid car

XC40 Recharge (T5 RD)


Internal combustion engine car

XC60 (B6 AWD)

Two power sources. One awesome drive.

Our plug-in hybrid models are powered by an electric motor and a combustion engine. Working together seamlessly, they deliver optimal efficiency, reduced tailpipe emissions and a smooth, powerful drive – and fuel consumption can be significantly reduced.

Explore electrification

Discover more about owning and driving a Volvo Recharge car.

What else do you want to know about Volvo plug-in hybrids?

A plug-in hybrid car, also known as a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), is a car that uses both a conventional petrol engine and a battery-powered electric motor to provide power to the wheels.

Volvo Cars is currently using Lithium-ion battery packs in its Recharge plug-in hybrid cars.

Our Recharge plug-in hybrids are designed to meet many people’s 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 should not be an issue.

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 in many areas are becoming increasingly easier to find.

Charging times will vary and are dependent on factors such as outdoor temperature, current battery temperature, charging equipment, battery condition and car condition. You will find specific charging times in the technical specifications for each available plug-in hybrid model.

A mild hybrid, which can’t be charged via a cable, uses an integrated starter generator to assist the combustion engine. A full hybrid has a larger electric motor and battery than a mild hybrid. A full hybrid can power the car using the electric motor for short distances and recharges its battery using the engine or through regenerative braking. A plug-in hybrid can be recharged by literally plugging it into a home charging station or using a public charging station. A plug-in hybrid offers a greater pure electric range thanks to a larger battery pack and electric motor.

All our models are available with Recharge plug-in hybrid powertrain technology.