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Plug-in hybrid cars

Our no-compromise combination of plug-in battery electric power and an efficient petrol engine provides low to zero tailpipe emissions, excellent flexibility and a powerful driving experience.

Low to zero CO2 emissions

The additional electric motor supports the combustion engine for low CO2 emissions. And in Pure electric mode, you can commute with zero tailpipe emissions.

Excellent flexibility

With three drive modes to choose from you can glide through your day with zero tailpipe emissions in Pure electric mode, zoom through it in Power mode, or maximise efficiency and range with Hybrid mode.

Powerful driving experience

Combined electric and petrol power gives effortless performance and a smooth, refined drive in all conditions.


Our plug-in hybrid car range

Whatever Volvo you prefer, you can have it with highly efficient plug-in hybrid technology.

XC90 T8 Twin Engine

Up to 5-7 occupants

XC60 T8 Twin Engine

Up to 5 occupants

Volvo V60
V60 Twin Engine

Up to 5 occupants

Volvo S60
S60 Twin Engine

Up to 5 occupants

A plug-in hybrid car – how does it work?

A Volvo plug-in hybrid car has both an electric motor and a petrol engine – Twin Engine. For electric power, there’s a battery that can easily be charged at home or at a charging station.

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Twin engines

The car combines both electric and petrol power. Seamlessly together, or separately to give you the most efficient driving experience.

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Three drive modes

Our plug-in hybrid models offer a range of drive modes to suit every occasion – choose between full Power mode, Pure electric mode and the balanced Hybrid mode.

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Battery charging

The large battery gives an electric-only range of around 40–50 km and can easily be charged at home or at a charging station. It’s also charged during driving every time you brake or slow down.

What do you want to know about plug-in hybrid cars?

  • What is a plug-in hybrid car?

    A plug-in hybrid car, also known as a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), 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 Cars’ Twin Engine plug-in hybrids?

    Volvo Cars is currently using Lithium-ion battery packs in its Twin Engine cars.

  • What is the pure electric range of a plug-in hybrid car?

    Our Twin Engine 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.

  • How and where do I recharge my plug-in hybrid 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 in many areas are becoming increasingly easier to find.

  • What is the best hybrid car for my daily commute?

    It depends upon the distance you travel to work and the level of electrification you wish to have. All hybrids offer the benefits of lower fuel consumption and emissions and even lower road taxation in some countries. Many countries now offer incentives to purchase an electrified vehicle. Please check with your Volvo dealer for more locally relevant information.

  • What is the difference between a mild hybrid, a full hybrid and a plug-in hybrid?

    A mild hybrid uses the electric motor 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. A plug-in hybrid will meet the daily commuting needs of many people.

  • Which Volvo models are available as a Twin Engine plug-in hybrid car?

    As from 2019, all our models are available with Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain technology.

  • What charging cables are available for my Volvo Twin Engine?

    Your Volvo Twin Engine plug-in hybrid comes with a standard charging cable that meets high electrical safety requirements (Mode 2). Available in different variants (6A, 8A or 10A depending on market), this 4.5 m cable allows up to 1.4–2.3 kW charging via a household socket. This cable is also available in an optional 8 m variant. For shorter charging times at home, you can complement with a 1-phase 16A “Blue Plug” cable capable of up to 3.5 kW charging. This cable is available as 4.5 m and 8 m. And for a really integrated and easy-to-use charging solution at home, a 3-phase 16A Volvo Cars Wallbox will be available later in 2019. Capable of delivering up to 22 Kw, this powerful Mode 3 home charging station is also compatible with coming generations of plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars.
    For convenient and secure charging out of home, there’s also a Mode 3 charging cable 1-phase 16A available as an accessory. This 4.5 m or 8 m cable delivers up to 3.5 kW and is convenient to have on hand when there are no cables at the charging station. For more detailed information, please contact your Volvo car dealer.

Our other electrified powertrains

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Pure electric

(Coming soon)

The full electric powertrain – for a silent, powerful and refined zero tailpipe emission driving experience.

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Charging ahead

(Available in 2 car models)

An effective powertrain technology where electricity supports the combustion engine for a smoother and more fuel-efficient drive.