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Volvo Cars will introduce a range of electrified cars over the coming years, and there’ll be something for everyone. The latest generation of Volvos has been designed from the outset for electrification and the choices will include fully electric cars and plug-in hybrid models, as well as new mild-hybrid models.
Our first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge, was launched last year and will be followed by a range of fully electric cars in the coming years. These cars will be Volvo models as well as high-performance models from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance brand.
Every model in Volvo Cars’ line-up is also available as a petrol plug-in hybrid variant, from the small XC40 SUV via the 60 Series cars to the company’s flagship, the large XC90 SUV. Volvo Cars is the only car maker to offer a plug-in variant on every model in its line-up.
The mild hybrid configurations deliver a better every day driving experience while reducing fuel consumption and emissions by up to 15 per cent.
Taken together this means that, in future, there will be no Volvo cars without an electric motor. And to make sure we have plenty of batteries to power all those electrified Volvos, we have signed large supply deals with LG Chem and CATL, two of the world’s leading lithium-ion battery makers....
Pure Electric Vehicle (EV)
Battery Electric Vehicles, also called BEV's, and more frequently called EV's, are fully-electric vehicles with large rechargeable batteries and no gasoline engine. Can easily be charged at home or at a DC fast-charging station. Battery electric vehicles store electricity onboard with high-capacity battery packs.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles or PHEVs can recharge the battery through both regenerative braking and "Plugging in" to an external source of electrical power. While "standard" hybrids can (at low speed) go about 1-2 miles before the gasoline engine turns on. With Co2 emissions of 55g/km or less, our plug-in hybrids are a more conscientious choice.
Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV)
MHEV is a type of a hybrid vehicles that combines a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) system with a small electric motor. The presence of the electric power train is intended to either achieve better fuel economy than a conventional vehicle or better performance. They are charged through energy recovered from regenerative braking. You don't have to plug them in so no cables are required.
Types of charging
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 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, we recommend 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 taking 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long can I drive until I need to recharge the battery?
The battery of the pure electric XC40 Recharge has a nominal capacity of 78 kWh. A fully charged battery gives you a projected range of 259 miles* at mixed driving before you need to recharge. But your real-world range is also affected by your driving style and other circumstances such as outdoor temperature, weather, wind, topography and roads. Other factors that impact range are how much electricity you use for car functions such as heating and cooling of the car. One way to improve range, is to pre-condition your car during charging so it’s already comfortable climatized when you go. You can also add a heat pump that saves valuable energy. But on a daily basis, you will probably fill up the battery whenever the car is parked where charging is possible – be it at home, at work or in the city. So range should not be an issue for everyday driving provided that you have good access to charging.
What charging times can I expect when recharging at home?
The charging time for the pure electric XC40 Recharged depends on the charging equipment you use and the electric installation at home. The standard charging cable with a household connector is primarily an auxiliary cable and not recommended for regular charging. Charging an empty battery to 80% with this cable takes approximately 30–55 hours depending on market. Or, which is perhaps more relevant: around 7.5–14 km range per hour. For regular and considerably shorter charging times at home, we recommend you complement with a cable capable of up to 3.5 kW or 11 kW charging. These cables give charging times of approximately 18.5–5.5 hours (around 20–60 km range per hour) respectively. But for the most efficient and integrated home charging solution, we recommend the Volvo Cars Wall box. This powerful 11 kW, 32A installation will give you approximately 5.5 hours charging time (from empty to 80%) or 60 km range per hour. When charging at stations outside your home, the most probable situations are that you will top the battery during shorter periods of time, for example from 40% to 80% (11 kW AC gives around 55–60 km range per hour). And on longer trips, you may charge the car using fast-charging DC stations. At a 150 kW DC charging station you can charge the battery from 10 to around 80% in approximately 40 minutes (or around 100 km range in 10 minutes). Just enough time to take a rest and have a meal.
How much does it cost to charge an electric car?
The cost for electricity varies depending on local conditions, but the cost can be lower compared to petrol or diesel. The lowered fuel cost is also one of several reasons to switch to an electric car. And for even lower costs, you can pre-set the XC40 Recharge to charge at the times when the tariffs are the lowest, often at night.
Can I use a pure electric car for long-distance driving?
Our pure electric XC40 Recharge is perfectly suited for comfortable long-distance driving. And the battery’s high capacity with a projected range of 259 miles* ensures you can do so without worrying about range. If you need to charge during the journey, you can do so at an AC charging station or DC fast-charging station. DC fast charging up to 150 kW makes it possible to charge the battery from 10 to 80% in approximately 40 minutes (or 100 km range in 10 minutes) – just enough time to rest or have a meal during the trip.* Range according to the realistic WLTP and EPA driving cycles under controlled conditions for a new vehicle. Real-world range may vary. Figures are based on preliminary target. Final vehicle certification pending.
How safe is an electric car
All battery electric cars undergo the same tests as petrol or diesel cars. In Europe, Euro NCAP has long been the benchmark for car safety. Test have also become even tougher with new demands on, among other things, auto brakes. At Volvo, all cars in the entire model range have received the highest marks in their respective tests. And with the advanced safety technology of the XC40 Recharge, we introduce one of the world’s safest electric cars.