A considered investment. With considerable rewards.

With our innovative electric plug-in engines, the  XC90, XC60, S90 and V90 all offer excellent fuel economy and reduced environmental footprint, without compromising on performance. It’s thanks to such innovations that all our PHEV models are fully-exempt from the London Congestion charge.


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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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