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The Future of Driving


By 2025 around 50 per cent of the cars we produce and sell will be electric.

The world is changing, and so are we. At Volvo Cars we take climate change and pollution seriously.
We already offer a broad range of award-winning Plug-in Hybrid powertrains, and we are currently rolling out our Mild Hybrid solution. Our Pure Electric cars are on their way.

Electric Cars

In 2017, Volvo made a commitment to electrify every car in their range in preparation for an era beyond the internal combustion engine. That era begins now. Volvo has been working with electric propulsion since the 1970s and have learned a lot along the way, from deploying a test fleet of C30 Battery Electric Vehicles in 2010, to the launch one of the world’s first plug-in hybrid diesel cars in 2012.

Volvo are applying the latest battery and propulsion technology across the range to make the switch to electric cars easier and more enjoyable.

Mild Hybrid
Mild Hybrid: these deliver a seamless and more efficient driving experience.
Plug-in Hybrid
Plug-in Hybrid: Twin Engine powertrains deliver effortless performance and zero-emissions capability.
Pure Electric
Pure Electric: the future is silent, zero-emission driving.

Battery technology is advancing rapidly. It means that electric cars are now a viable and smart alternative to the internal combustion engine. Volvo uses Lithium-ion battery technology to power Twin Engine cars. These batteries are designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle.

When you drive your Twin Engine or Pure Electric Volvo in Pure mode you will immediately notice something different: it is remarkably quieter than a car powered by a combustion engine. You’ll also notice increased take-off performance thanks to the instantaneous delivery of pure power to the wheels.

Plug-In Hybrid technology

Volvo's Twin Engine cars deliver the one of the most powerful and yet most fuel-efficient driving experiences available today. A no-compromise combination of pure battery electric power and an efficient petrol engine give new meaning to the word flexibility and a driving experience you won’t forget.
Volvo Cars’ plug-in hybrid Twin Engine technology has been added to every new model launched since 2014, delivering a no-compromise mix of pure hybrid power.

Volvo has engineered their Twin Engine plug-in hybrid models to meet the discerning needs of our drivers. With a range of drive modes to choose from you will glide through your day in Pure mode, zoom through it in Power mode, or maximise efficiency with Hybrid mode.

Charge & Drive

There has never been a better time to switch to electric mobility. Our cars are designed with you in mind for an easier and more enjoyable everyday experience.

Mild Hybrids

Mild hybrids offer an effective powertrain solution that actively reduces engine load, thereby improving fuel economy and improving the driving experience. A mild hybrid combines an electric motor, a 48 volt battery and a 12 volt/48 volt converter with an internal combustion engine. The electric motor acts as a starter to rev-up the engine smoothly. It also works as a generator, collecting energy recuperated by braking, which is stored in the 48 volt battery. This provides electric power to enable better acceleration.

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Here’s what you need to know about the emissions and fuel economy tests that will be carried out for new cars in Europe.

Why greater accuracy is better for everyone

The New European Drive Cycle (NEDC) was the previous method of testing, which has now been replaced with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). The WLTP is a set of tests which puts new cars through a greater range of driving situations (urban, suburban, main road, motorway) improving the consumer’s ability to understand real-life performance of motor vehicles. WLTP came into effect from September 2017.

The key differences

While the WLTP driving cycle will still test cars in a laboratory setting, it will take into account situations that you experience in every day life. This method will allow you to estimate your daily fuel consumption much more accurately than using the old NEDC standard. Another benefit of WLTP is that consumers will see figures that capture very different driving styles.


Since the last update of the testing cycle in Europe, a lot has changed in road infrastructure, car technology and driver behaviours. The new test situations have been decided following a global survey with the aim to create more of a real-life driving profile.

Engine performance, efficiency and innovation

Volvo believes that lower fuel consumption and exceptional performance are not mutually exclusive. This is the mind-set that allows them to continually develop engine innovations across their range of premium sedans, crossovers, SUVs and estates – with the clear ambition that the impact of our cars is minimal for the environment.

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