Volvo's commitment to electrification is rooted in their unquestionably Swedish affinity with the world around us. They care about our environmental impact and our carbon footprint – and long-term, their goal is to create a cleaner, safer planet for all. That’s why they are taking the lead in sustainable mobility.
Part of a sustainable picture
Volvo steps towards fully electric cars as part of its wider commitment to a sustainable future.
The Road to climate neutral
Volvo wants to be climate neutral by 2040 – it’s the biggest challenge they have ever faced.
We’re part of the problem. So it’s our responsibility to change what we do and how we do it. Let’s all be part of the solution.
All of Volvo's cars are available with plug-in hybrid technology. Introduction of mild hybrid powertrains – all newly launched Volvos will be electrified, either hybrids or fully electric. Announcement of Volvo Recharge – their ambition for a climate-neutral future
Launch of a complete electrified carline of plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars, starting with Volvo's first pure electric SUV – the XC40 Recharge. Volvo's aim is that around 20% of their annual car sales should be plug-in hybrids.
Volvo's ambition is that around 50% of the cars they sell should be pure electric by 2025, and the other 50% to be hybrids.
Volvo's vision is to be climate neutral across their full value chain, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Volvo calls them their “B” engines. Lower emissions and greater fuel efficiency. Free from charging cables.
Otherwise known as Twin Engines. Long range. Low emissions. Pure electric driving. The best of both worlds.
Zero-emissions driving all day, every day. Simply charge up and go.
The Volvo electric line-up - the electric/hybrid models.
Volvo is proud to be the first car manufacturer to offer a plug-in hybrid for every model in their range. Made with more electricity under the bonnet.
Just like plugging in your phone before you go to sleep, charging up your hybrid at night should become a part of your daily routine.
If you’ve chosen a hybrid for environmental reasons, you can make it an even greener choice by switching your electricity supply to a renewable source (or even installing your own solar panels at home).
How often would I need to charge?
Create your personal charging routines.
At home, at work, out with friends or taking a longer road trip. Wherever the day or night takes you and however you live, it’s easy to create charging routines that reflect your lifestyle and circumstances.
Charge in harmony with your life. At home, at work, at your gym or your favourite grocery store.
Some electricity suppliers offer cheaper electricity at specific times of day (usually late at night). Scheduling to charge your car at these times can help you reduce costs. It is often more sustainable to charge at these times too.
AC charging with household connector
A standard 220V household connector offers a typical charging rate of 7–14 km of range per hour, depending on the country. This charging type is best suited for overnight charging of a plug-in hybrid or supplemental charging to top up a pure electric, but may not be practical for regularly charging a pure electric. For the fastest and most convenient charging at home, Volvo recommends installing a wall box.
AC fast charging/wall box
A stationary wall box is the fastest way to charge your pure electric or plug-in hybrid at home, typically offering 50–60 km of range per hour for the XC40 Recharge pure electric and takes 3–4 hours to fully charge a plug-in hybrid. This type of charging is also most common at many public charging stations.
DC fast charging
DC fast charging is only available at public charging stations and is mainly used for pure electric cars, mostly on long journeys when time is at a premium. This charging type works at much higher voltage and current than typical AC charging and offers much shorter charging times, though the charging cost is significantly higher. In 10 minutes, you can typically gain up to 100 km of range at a 150 kW station or around 30 km of range at a 50 kW station.
To make the most of the battery life in a pure electric car, we recommend AC charging the battery up to 90% capacity for typical daily driving and preferably not letting the charge fall below 20%.
Charging a Volvo plug-in hybrid
Regularly charging the battery to 100% is a great way to make the most of the electric range on a plug-in hybrid. With a fuel engine also available, you can allow charge to get low without worry.
Experience the new luxury where instant power comes with low or zero tailpipe emissions. Volvo Recharge brings you technology, design and sustainable materials that elevate your drive.
Since 1927, safety has been at the core of Volvo. And with the introduction of the Recharge car line, their ambition is to create the safest chargeable vehicles on the road. For people, and for their future.
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.