Charging a fully electric car

Charge the car via a charging station at home or at a public charging station.

Charging your car

Starting charging

Park the car in a suitable location prior to charging.
Connect the charging cable to the charging source. Some stations have a permanently attached charging cable that you connect directly to your car.
Open the charging lid by lightly pressing on its rearmost end.

 Important

Avoid plugging the charging cable in when there is risk of thunderstorms or lightning strikes.
Remove any protective cover from the cable connector.
Connect the cable to the car.
When the cable is fully inserted it locks into place. Charging starts within a few seconds. When charging has started, the LED lamp in the charging input socket flashes green.

Stopping charging

Stop the charging cycle by pressing the button next to the charging input socket, or via the centre display.
The charging cable's handle is released.
Unplug the charging cable from the car.

 Important

Always stop the charging cycle before attempting to unplug the charging cable from the car. Otherwise it may cause damage to the cable or to the system.
Reattach the protective cover on the cable connector.
Depending on the cable you have used:
  • Unplug the charging cable from the charging station.
  • Reattach the charging cable to the station's storage socket.
Close the charging lid.

Fast charging your car

Starting fast charging

The car needs to be switched off prior to charging.
Open the charging lid by lightly pressing on its rearmost end.
Remove any covers from port and cable connector.
Use both hands to press the cable's connector all the way into the charging port.
The charging cable automatically locks in place after a few seconds.
Follow the charging station's instructions for charging authorisation.
Charging starts after an insulation test has been completed by the charging station. It can take a minute to complete. When charging has started, the LED lamp in the charging input socket flashes with a green glow. The driver display and the centre display show the remaining estimated charging time or whether charging is not working as intended.

Interrupted fast charging

If fast charging is interrupted, the charging needs to be reauthorised via the charging station's user interface before it can resume.
Unplug the charging cable from the car.
Plug the charging cable in again.
Follow the instructions in the charging station's user interface.

Stopping fast charging

Stop the charging cycle by pressing the button next to the charging input socket or via the centre display.
The charging cable's handle is released.
Unplug the charging cable from the car.

 Important

Always stop the charging cycle before attempting to unplug the charging cable from the car. Otherwise it may cause damage to the cable or to the system.
Reattach the protective cover on the cable connector.
Reattach the charging port's protective cover and close the charging lid.

Problems with releasing the charging handle

Unless the charging cable is disconnected soon after the charging has stopped, it is automatically locked again. If this happens, try to end the charging a second time. If the charging handle is still not released, try the following:
Ensure that the key is within range and that the car is unlocked.
Switch the power supply to the charging box off in a safe manner. If charging at a charging station, contact the charging station's customer service for assistance.
Carefully wiggle the charging handle.
Lock and unlock the car.
Lock the car and wait until the LED lamp at the car's charging input socket turns off. This can take up to 7 minutes. Then unlock the car.

If the problem persists, contact your Volvo dealer.

Using the charging cable emergency release

If the charging handle doesn't release after charging is complete and the car has an emergency release handle, you can use it to manually release the charging handle.
Open the boot and the cargo hatch.

 Warning

Before using the emergency release handle, check the driver display to make sure the charging process is stopped. The release handle cannot be used when charging is in progress.
The emergency release handle is located to the left, under the floor panel.
Grasp and pull the emergency release handle.
The charging handle unlocks from the charging port.

 Note

The emergency release handle automatically retracts when the next charging cycle is started.
Wait for about 5 seconds before unplugging the charging cable from the car.
Put the floor panel back and fold down the load floor. Close the cargo hatch and the boot.

Charging input socket LED signals

SignalsDescription
White constantGuiding light
Yellow constantStandby. The charging cable is attached to the charging input socket but charging has not yet started. The yellow light is shown for instance if the charging cable has been released from the charging input socket.
Yellow flashingThe button next to the charging input socket has been pressed and the authorisation check is ongoing.
Green flashingCharging is ongoing. Slow flashing indicates that the battery is close to getting fully charged.
Green constantCharging is completed. The green light turns off after a while.
Red constantA fault is detected in the charging system and no charging is permitted.
Red flashingAuthorisation check failure.
Blue constantA timer-based charging is activated in the centre display or in the Volvo Cars app.

Applicable models

C40, model year 2022-2024

EC40, model year 2025 and later

EX40, model year 2025 and later

XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, model year 2021-2024