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A vision of electrification


Not only is safety a key commitment, but Volvo is also taking the lead in sustainable mobility. Electrifying the Volvo line-up is ingrained in the dedication for a long-term solution to a cleaner planet. With Swedish affinity rooted deeply in Volvo's philosophy and goals set strongly around reducing their carbon footprint and their environmental impact.

Volvo offer an industry first by electrifying their entire range, with a mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or a pure electric variant of each model, it’s no wonder the brand it is taking the lead in sustainable mobility.

Volvo has three main goals over the next five years:

By 2025 50% of Volvo new cars will be fully electric.

By 2025 Volvo will have one million electrified cars on the road.

By 2025, Volvo aim to achieve climate-neutral manufacturing operations.




Although Volvo recognise that electrifying their vehicles is a great place to start, the brand is also aware that this alone is not enough. That's why Volvo is also on a journey to improving their factories and supply chain too. In line with this commitment, Volvo has set a target of reaching carbon neutral by 2040.

When it comes to vehicles, the brand has introduced Volvo Recharge. Offering a new range of advanced pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars which are designed to provide a more refined and sustainable drive, ensuring Volvo customers can not only drive a car that protects their family, but also protects their future.


The future of Volvo



As the brand continues, each new Volvo car launch will be electrified. As the first traditional automotive brand to offer plug-in hybrid options across the entire line-up, Volvo is set to launch five new fully electric cars, working towards their goal of electrifying 50% of the range by 2025.

What's more, Volvo plug-in hybrid drivers will be encouraged to use the pure electric mode as much as possible thanks to the introduction of driving rewards. As plug-in hybrid models still produce emissions when using petrol, Volvo is aiming to reduce the impact of these models on the environment even further.

Volvo's electric technology



As a brand, investing in advanced hybrid and electric technology is a key focus in the development of the Volvo range. The Volvo line-up currently consists of a range of mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, as well as the latest pure electric XC40 Recharge - the first fully electric Volvo SUV. Mild-hybrid models - also known as Volvo "B" engines - offer lower emissions and improved fuel efficiency, without the need to plug in. Plug-in hybrids - also known as Twin engines in the Volvo line-up - offer excellent range, low emissions, and the option to drive in pure electric mode. Pure electric, such as the new XC40 Recharge, offer zero-emissions driving with simple and quick charging options.

Made with electricity


The Volvo line-up offers an electrified version of each model across the entire range. Whether you are looking for reduced emissions without the need to plug in with our mild-hybrid models or the best of both worlds with our plug-in hybrid models, the Volvo range is certain to offer the perfect model to suit your needs. Plus, with the new XC40 Recharge coming soon, our exciting compact SUV will also be available with zero-emissions.

The details




The XC40 Recharge is the first fully electric Volvo SUV, with a range of 208 miles and taking just 40 minutes to reach 80% battery capacity. Volvo pure electric produces zero-emissions, making electric driving easier and safer than ever before.



Otherwise known as MHEVs, Volvo mild-hybrid models reduce emissions by using energy recovered from regenerative braking and without the need to plug in. Volvo MHEV models are 15% more fuel efficient and produce 15% less emissions.



Otherwise known as PHEVs, Volvo plug-in hybrids offer CO2 emissions of 55g/km or less, a charge time of less than three hours for a combined electric and fuel range of over 700 miles, as well as cost saving benefits for servicing and maintenance.



With every vehicle in the Volvo range available as an electrified variant, the brand is on its way to achieving the goal to become carbon neutral by 2040. In the meantime, Volvo is working to reduce emissions across their operations.



Twin engine plug-in hybrid Volvo’s offer easy charging. Every Volvo PHEV comes with a 3-pin plug as standard, with the option to upgrade to a Type 2 connector for faster charging. The XC40 Recharge will also offer easy charging options.

Cost saving


In an average 480-mile month, with petrol costs at £1.20/L, a Volvo PHEV could save £68 a month or £2,439 after 3 years. What's more, PHEVs can also offer cost benefits when it comes to servicing and maintenance.

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Charging your Volvo




  • Why is Volvo Cars moving to electric powertrains?

    Volvo have been innovating electric powertrains since the 1970s, making it a natural progression for technology and a clear statement of commitment towards sustainable mobility and the reduction of emissions. The climate initiative "Volvo Recharge" aims to be climate neutral across the full value chain, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

  • When will all Volvo cars be electrified?

    Volvo's aim is that all powertrains will be either mild hybrids, plug-in hybrids, or battery electric cars by 2021.

  •  What are the benefits of an electrified powertrain?

    Benefits range from reducing emissions during driving and likely lower operating costs, to delivering a more refined drive and responsive acceleration feel on take-off.

  • How and where do I charge my car?

    Volvo cars can be charged at home over night, with a charging wallbox. Charging stations can also be available at work and across many areas in the UK.
  • How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

    Electricity costs vary depending on local conditions but offers lowered fuel cost - especially when pre-setting the upcoming XC40 Recharge to charge at the times when the tariffs are the lowest, often at night.

  • How safe is an electric car?

    Undergoing the same tests as conventionally fuelled vehicles, all battery electric cars in Europe follow the Euro NCAP as the benchmark for car safety. Tests are also even tougher with new demands. Volvo’s across the entire model range have received the highest marks in their respective tests.

  • What kind of battery is used in Volvo Cars’ Twin Engine plug-in hybrids?

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

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

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

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For further details about the Volvo vision of electrification or to discover the Volvo electric, mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid range, please don't hesitate to contact Harwoods Volvo today.

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